Full Moon in Aries – Priestess + Emperor = Empress

At almost the same moment I began creating this post (and wondering WTH I’m doing up at this hour), the Moon became full. This occured only moments after it transitioned from Pisces to Aries. This Full Moon occurs only hours after the autumnal equinox (a term I used yesterday in my school-wide writing prompt and which sent most young writers scrambling for a reference of some kind). My previous post explored the Sun’s movement into Libra from a ‘Tarot perspective’.

My favourite astrologer Kelly Surtees  stated that the Moon moving into Aries was a prime time to fight for fairness for the underdog.  This seems also to apply when we look at this through our Tarot lens. Very few cards better represent the underdog then our Priestess, the Tarot card associated with the Moon. Champion of feminine strength and wisdom, intuitive healer, mysterious master of the dark, her worth is often unjustly underrated by patriarchal structure. She  frequently lives in the shadows. With her full Moon in Aries, she dons the garments of the emperor, which the Sun wore just six months ago.  If the Sun represents our ‘best-self’, the Moon best represents our shadow self, the part of us Jung would associate with our instincts and our perceived flaws.

When cloaked in the Emperor’s robes, the Sun in Aries allowed us to focus on our ability to lead, increased our confidence and our level of assertiveness. Our Priestess, when  the Moon is in Aries, benefits from this imperial influence. This is indeed a time for us to stand up and be counted in whatever area of our life we feel disadvantaged. It is a time to shine the bright light of the Full Moon onto our shadow and celebrate our shortcomings.

The RWS Empress

What will you do to celebrate your imperfections? How will you recognize you’re ‘perfectly you’ just the way you are?

Interesting that when we delve a little deeper into the Full Moon (Priestess) in Aries (Emperor) we seem to find the Empress, card sometimes associated with the full phase of the Moon 🙂

The Sun ‘wears’ Justice

Later on this evening, the Sun crosses that point in the cosmos where the celestial sphere and the celestial equator intersect, signalling the arrival of autumn. This is known as the autumnal point. In astrology, it is refered to as zero degrees Libra.

Several hours later, the Sun and Moon are in direct opposition and the Moon becomes full while in the sign of Aries. Long-time readers of my blog know that I love blending these powerful astrological points with the Tarot (see http://whitesagetarot.com/2010/03/18/the-sun-dons-the-emperors-cloak/ as an example).

A variety of Tarot themes can be related to these to celestial periods. When the Sun moves into an astrological sign, I often imagine the young child on the Sun card of my RWS deck wearing the card associated with that sign. This month, our young lad dons the robes of Justice. His usual optimism and positive attitude are tempered by rationalization. He seeks balance in thought and in deed. His exuberance is more cautious as he weighs out pros and cons before acting.

As Canadians, at this time on the calendar, we move out of the crazy, hazy days of summer, where kids are kept active, parents even more so and most people do everything they can to get outdoors.  And in late summer, back to school shopping dominates for parents as well as college and university students.  Movement patterns in cities and towns get back to normal as work schedules return to their regular routine. Kelly and I noticed that the town market this past Saturday was much busier as people found their regular rhythm and slid back into their typical Saturday.  As we approach the autumnal equinox and the Sun ‘costumes up’ with Justice, remember this time as one in which to seek balance.  It is a time when reasonable solutions trump rash decisions. Don’t be afraid to pause when needed. There’s nothing worse than rushing to make a bad choice.

What about the Full Moon in Aries? Has the esoteric wisdom of our High Priestess been provided the ruling voice of the Emperor? Or is the fullness of the Moon in Aries more closely linked to the powerful fertility of the Empress in this abundant time of harvest? You decide.

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Tarot Questions

Feel free to submit your questions. I will briefly explore one randomly-selected question and respond here. Please note that your question may not be chosen for a response on this page. Please include “White Sage Tarot Questions” in the subject line and send your query to whitesagetarot@gmail.com.

 

D asks:

 

“Do you think I should finish off my nursing degree? I started it at the age of 58, and have now done two years, though I deferred this year because of health issues. Now, I’m wondering whether to finish it off part-time and whether I will then have the strength and energy to see this through and work in a hospital after that. I’m trying to follow my life’s dream, but I don’t know whether I can do so.”

 

As a Tarotist, I felt that the querent was initially asking a question that could be answered by a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The Tarot has a wider application. We reworked the question. D agreed that “What do I need to know to successfully follow my dream(s)?” better reflected the information that was being sought and allowed for a broader exploration.

 

For this question, I used a spread from Trish MacGregor and Phyllis Vega’s “Power Tarot” called the Outlook Spread. The first card focuses on the outlook for the situation; the second focuses on what/who will help; the third on what this will lead to; and the fourth looks at how the querent will feel about the outcome.

 

Outlook for this situation: King of Cups – Trust your emotions. Regardless of what happens, be a master of your emotions. The outlook to this enquiry shows success and achievement, but could be in an unexpected area. For example, it might be that the training you’ve undergone so far will be applied to another related field.

 

What/who will help?: The Empress – Support will come as compassion and tenderness. This may indeed be the type of nurturing support that comes via the healing professions. It may also come in the form of another person or may be qualities that come to the surface for you during this time. Often the Empress’s passion is unbridled and can be overpowering. This passion is yours; use it wisely and don’t ignore the role that emotions and intuition play.

 

What will this lead to?: The Queen of Swords – reversed – There can be an element of falsehood around the Queen of Swords when she’s reversed. This may lead to thoughts and words that do not truly reflect the situation.

 

How will you feel about the outcome?: The High Priestess – The High Priestess can symbolize that untapped inner strength. She is mysterious. Her appearance suggests there is something unsaid,  unexplored or concealed. She often tells us to trust our intuition, especially in a position that refers to our own feelings.

 

Some important questions to ask are:

 

How do I trust my feelings and instincts to guide my decision?

How will I focus my unbridled passion?

What is the real question?

 

Your instincts and emotions are key. You are asking one question but might be feeling another. The King of Cups and High Priestess have shown up. They serve as reminders to trust your emotions and instinct. Think of it as something similar to the feeling that instructs you to change directions when you sense something unsafe in your chosen path. Gavin De Becker in “The Gift of Fear” suggests this instinct is one that should be acted on. The Queen of Swords reversed is a reminder that not all things said or unsaid are true. It appears that you may already have the answer to the question about following your dream; it just might not be the answer that you’re looking for.