Hi! Kesha of New World Tarot here! Thank you very much for joining me today for another blog!
I can’t believe it, but we are quickly approaching the Summer Solstice, that is if you live in the Northern Hemisphere like I do! Our part of the planet is moving ever closer to the sun, and our days are getting longer and hotter! Hopefully you are getting outside and enjoying this magical time while it’s here, with us in the present moment! And I’m going to keep saying that, because if you are at all like me, in the past, the autumnal equinox hits, and I’m like, “NOOO! Summer’s over already, and I spent all of it indoors!” Yeah, don’t be like that! I’M not going to be like that this spring and summer! Even if it’s sitting outside on my deck, I am making sure I am outside, enjoying the gift of this warm months, at least a little bit most days. And you should too! Get out, take in the power and magic of Nature! It’s so good for your body, mind and soul! Ok? Good!
Also, as a reminder, this Summer Solstice we are going to a giveaway of Janina Renee’s magial book Tarot Spells! You must be signed up to the newsletter to be entered, so make sure you do that by June 20th! To do that, just send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org, letting me know you want to be signed up for the newsletter, or fill out a Contact Form on the website: www.newworldtarot.org .
Alright! So, we have arrived at yet another full moon! This time, the full moon arrives in the sign of Sagittarius!
The Full Moon is a time of immense power! This is the part of the moon cycle where the moon’s orb and light waxes and builds and builds to its fullest power. This also marks the middle point where the moon is moving in one direction beforehand, and another direction after. The Full Moon is a great time to work with Nature’s feminine energies dialed up to 100!
As a result, I prefer this to be a time to work with the most unwieldy, hardest, strongest and most fearful shadow aspects of ourselves that are just…tough. You know, those energies and feelings and issues that trigger us, and that we don’t let out in the light of day, and that we are embarrassed of or that are just…tough.
Now, the astrological sign of Sagittarius is symbolized by the Archer and is ruled by the element of Fire. Sagittarius is known for its sense of adventure and its love of travel and excitement. Sagittarians love being engaged with life and are constantly seeking out new experiences. They are also among the most fortunate people in the zodiac as well. You know, if you need luck and can’t get your hands on a four-leaf clover, grab a Sagittarius instead!
Another aspect of Sagittarius? Of the three Fire signs in the zodiac – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius – Sagittarius is the only one with a quadruplicity of mutable. This means Sagittarius is the most flexible, fluid, changeable and adaptable of the three Fire signs. When life gets intense and rough, we can all benefit from tapping into mutable Fire.
When referred to in metaphysical and energetic terms, the element of Fire is, to me, all about our own sense of adventure, of action and of forcing our will upon our lives to make our lives what we want them to be. Fire, to me, is all about the spirit within us, inhabiting our bodies and making things happen. Your Fire is what keeps you going. It’s what drives you. It’s what keeps you going forward. It’s what keeps you wanting to grow and evolve and not give up. The third chakra – the solar plexus – is often traditionally seen as the home of your personal Fire – your courage, your fight, your self-esteem, your ambition and your desires. Your Fire is directly related to life and your enjoyment of it. When your Fire is diminished and lessened and dulled by others and by experiences, it creates a lack of direction and a lack of purpose. These in turn can pave the way for dangerous things like depression, ennui and self-hatred.
You have the immense power to create the life and the world around you that you want. Firstly and foremost, the power always lies with you. However, life can be incredibly challenging. There are countless twists and turns, and there is wonder and joy in life’s unexpectedness, but also fear, strife and struggle. I believe that we are all here for the adventure. But the shadow side of adventure is sometimes things happen that aren’t so fun. Sometimes there is very real pain and awfulness. On top of all that, we also share the planet with billions of fellow creators. Each person has the same ability to create and destroy that we do, and we have the additional challenge of trying to shape our lives amidst these billions of people trying to also shape theirs. The end result is a complex web and reverberation of Cause and Effect. Some effects we cause and can see coming. Other effects have been put into motion by other forces, and we may not see them coming. All together, our little boat can get beat up on the sea of life very badly. Life, as wonderful as it can be, can leave us scarred, scared, injured, bruised, bloody and burnt…and that’s just the physical! Ha! And yes, energetically, the injuries can be even more serious. It’s so important to tend your inner Fire and keep yourself energetically healthy, healed and strong.
Now, for just a moment, I’d like to talk about a Tarot card. The card I want to discuss is the Nine of Wands. I hopefully plan on having this card up on the screen for a moment so that you can really see it. This card, in the Rider Waite Smith deck, depicts a man, leaning heavily on a wand, with a fence of eight other wands behind him. And yeah, this poor guy! He looks in rough shape! He has a bandage on his head, and just has this look of, “What now??” Like he’s on edge, just waiting for something else bad to happen. This man, clearly, has lost his Fire, right? This is a man who has nothing else left, and is on his last legs? Yes?
Well, what would you say if I told you the Hermetic title for this card is The Lord of Great Strength? You make take a look at this man and shake your head. Well, it is! The Golden Dawn – the esoteric group that developed the RWS deck – called this card, the Nine of Wands, “The Lord of Great Strength.”
This is because your strength comes from within. Your Fire comes from within. No matter what happens to you, your Fire – your personal power, your fight, your energy, your light – does not come from outer circumstances, but from within you. Your Fire comes from your spirit. And your Fire cannot be quenched. YOU can choose to dull your light and place a proverbial bushel over your Fire, but the truth is your Fire is too big, too eternal, too hot and too wild to be extinguished by others.
The lesson of this card is that your Fire is your Source. In fact, that’s what your Fire IS: it’s your connection to Source. It’s the piece of you that God broke off from Herself or Herself and put inside of you. It’s immensely powerful, it’s eternal and immortal and cannot be touched affected or harmed by anything that you encounter on earth. Nothing on this planet is that strong. YOU are, however. YOU can choose to dull the heat, dull the drive, dull the fight and dull the courage to keep going. YOU can let outside sources convince you to turn down your own Fire. THIS is what happens when we get beat up by our physical world.
We become discouraged and mentally and emotionally make the decision to give up, give in and burn out. The Nine of Wands reminds us that no matter what the world throws at you, YOU have an eternal supply of Great Strength. YOU have an eternal cord that plugs from your soul directly into God, into the Universe, into the cosmos, and that cord of Fire within you is so great that there is no obstacle that cannot be removed, there is no sickness that cannot be eradicated, there is no pain that cannot be healed and no desire that cannot be manifested as long as choose to keep your Fire burning and not give up.
So how do we take care of ourselves when the going gets tough? I believe that the astrological correspondence for this card gives us a hint. Each Tarot card has an astrological correspondence, and the correspondence for the Nine of Wands is “the Moon in Sagittarius.” Hmmm! Wow, sound familiar? So we have the planet of the Moon appearing in the sign of Sagittarius. Let’s break this down.
The Moon is the planet of intuition, of our connection with Source. Working with the energies of the Moon is all about going within and going inward through stillness, silence, meditation and receptive contemplation. The sign of Sagittarius is again ruled by the element of Fire, and as such it’s about fight and strength and spirit. In short, to me, this is all about going within to become stronger. It’s about going within to grow your inner Fire bigger and brighter. Literally, as the old saying goes: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. When the world throws spears at you in life, pluck it out, say “Oh, look, wood!” and throw it on your personal Fire and watch that bitch burn! Remember this: All the darts, all the spears, all the weapons that come at you make excellent kindle wood to feed your Fire.
So this Full Moon in Sagittarius, let’s talk about 2 ways to defend yourself and build your Fire against the attacks of life.
Firstly, #1. Alone Time is Important. When you feel worn down, depleted and beat up by life, it is integral to be able to find time to be alone. Depending on your life, you may need help with this. For example, if you are a busy mom, you may need help with a partner, with friends, with family or even hiring someone for periods of time. During this time – at LEAST 15 minutes a day, but if it could be half an hour or an hour, even better – you want to go into silence, stillness or meditate. You can even spend this time journaling. It is important to schedule this time and use it to fortify yourself and feed your soul. You know you’ve done it correctly if you emerge from this time stronger, renewed and reinvigorated.
#2. Affirmations. Alright. I want you to state any of the following affirmations to yourself when you feel weak and worn down like our friend here, the Nine of Wands. In fact, I would love it if you would recite these words of truth to yourself, in a mirror, during the time of the Full Moon! Use the highly reflective and transformative power, and direct it towards your own victories in life. So you can state all of them – there are nine – or you can pick and choose what resonates with you at the moment. I am going to state each one, and feel free to say it with me or repeat right after me!
All the Strength I need is within me NOW.
All the Energy I need is within me NOW.
All the Power I desire is within me NOW.
All the Health I need is within me NOW.
All the Wisdom I need is within me NOW.
All the Success I desire is within me NOW.
All the Wealth I desire is within me NOW.
All the Peace I need is within me NOW.
All the Love I need is within me NOW.
EVERYTHING I need or could ever desire on this earth is within me NOW.
Repeat this 5-10 times, as needed, when you are feeling low. For extra potent power, try repeating it every day, 5-7 days a week, until the next Full Moon! If you are visual person, you can even take out a Nine of Wands RWS-based Tarot card, OR simply print an image of one from the internet and place it next to your computer or taped onto your mirror. Definitely try it if that sounds interesting to you.
So, no matter what, always remember your infinite connection to Source. Your Fire is immensely powerful and eternal. Even on your weakest day, your inner Fire can twist matter and bend reality. Never forget that you are a piece of God. Never forget where you come from. And never forget that you are a Lord – or a Lady – of Great Strength.
Kesha Delacroix Dent