Well let’s start with the full moon – in Aquarius. I admit, I have slowed down a bit over the past couple of weeks. Tarot has taken a back seat to other necessities, such as getting chickens, feeding chickens, naming chickens and so on. But today, in recognition of a beautiful full moon (and feeling it rather intensely), I took a much-needed break and focused on me.
I decided to light up the candle, the incense, and brew a decent tea this early afternoon, right around the actual time of the full moon, and drew one card to offer some insight for me, not just for today but for the year ahead. I drew the Knight of Pentacles from Legend: The Arthurian Tarot. Focus, perseverance, practicality, work. I instantly thought about how I need to stick to my path and practice this. I am specifically referring to the study and practice of tarot, astrology and also yoga – as opposed to trying out and diffusing my energies with other interests.
I recently had an astrological reading specifically on vocation, which was extremely valuable. I shall write about that another day. For now, I think I need to just accept where I am and not run away in a million other directions, be that geographically or work-wise. As a Sagittarius, the grass is always (always!) greener, somewhere else, just not here. I like the Knight of Pentacles, for he has a grounded, steady practicality about him, a plan and a method, and diligently and patiently goes about achieving his goals. I actually associate my partner with this knight, for he is a Virgo, and all knights represent the mutable signs of the zodiac, with the earthy Knight of Pentacles associated with Virgo.
Part of my ritual always involves tea. This time I brew thyme, dandelion root, calendula flowers and oatstraw. I am not a herbalist, though I secretly covet to being one, and squeeze in bits of folk knowledge with growing a few herbs. I particularly loved how the light came through and highlighted the calendula flower heads swirling around.
I’ve also gathered my gemstones and crystals into one bowl – I have some stones that I found along creeks, in between the more common crystals. I need to take the time to just sit and learn or meditate on these, but for now I just enjoy looking at them and placing them in odd spaces around the house.