This is my tarot room on Wednesday, on the New Moon in Aries. It was rainy and windy outside, though here the weather is still really hot, so beautifully hot. It’s well into “autumn” yet the overnight low is 20 degrees – Celsius! You may wonder why there are clothes on the line in such weather – when the rain arrived, it lasted for nearly two weeks, until yesterday. I’m just happy the lavender bush is still alive and coping with all that rain.
To me, a New Moon in itself is about new beginnings, but one that falls in the sign of Aries, the sign of enterprise, initiation and leadership is extremely potent for starting something new. So I did a ritual to encourage and support my own endeavours as a tarot reader, budding astrologer and yoga therapist.
My altar is actually quite simple. I have a picture of Quan Kin, which is actually a postcard I bought when I visited the Rietberg museum in Zürich. I like having her in my tarot room, she is a beautiful reminder of grace; I also have an icon of Mary and Jesus which was a gift from my grandmother; a couple of candles, mala beads, a talisman of the Empress from the Gaian tarot, and an amethyst crystal. I am not a fan of ceremonial magic or anything like that. I don’t rhyme spells or chant – I’d feel too uncomfortable doing that, for it’s not my thing. And one must be comfortable in ritual, or any practice of magic.
Ritual for me is sacred time, time to create some stillness and offer prayers and gratitude to the divine. It always starts with a thorough cleaning of my tarot room, after which I set everything out. I did gather some herbs that I grow – rosemary, sage and basil – and their heady aroma filled the whole room.
This time I didn’t actually include a tarot card on the altar. I suppose a New Moon in Aries might suit the Chariot, or Ace of Wands, maybe the 6 of Wands. I guess this time I didn’t feel the need to incorporate tarot. As I said before, I am not a fan of ceremonial magic, but I am exceptionally drawn towards natural magic – so my practice is free to flow with my intuition, to draw and bring in natural elements as I feel the need to.
I would love to see what other folks did on this New Moon – if you have something to share, you are most welcome to leave a comment 🙂