The New Moon is almost upon us! In central Europe, the moon will be new at 10.50 on 5th April 2019.
In celebration of this, I decided to pull a tarot card to see what the energies are surrounding this moon phase. Many people use the new moon as a time to recover. It’s most commonly used for darker magic, or perhaps binding or banishing spells and work. The moon is completely vanished from the sky at this point, and it is not letting out any light. It’s the perfect time for dark magics, as well as concealing objects or planning things which must not be seen.
The tarot can be used in many ways, and there are many different methods of divination. You can use the card to do a reading about yourself, about a situation, about others. You can also use the cards to see which energies are the most prevalent at this point in time.
Using the Rider Waite Tarot deck, the one which most people seem to have used or seen at some point, I decided to sit and focus on the new moon. What would it bring? The card I pulled was the Ace of Swords.
As with all things related to swords, the ace is very direct. You may be on the verge of a significant breakthrough. There may be a new wave of thinking which changes your perpective on things in a new way. Either way, this card is an encouragement.
You, or a project of yours, is in ‘expansion mode’. It is starting to stretch to fulfil all it needs to succeed. New ideas are able to be embraced, you are craving stimulation and you will jump at learning something new.
Now is an excellent time to start a new project. This project will likely involve your mind, creativity and communication skills in some form or another. Perhaps you will look at launching your own blog, taking a writing class, brushing up on your art or logical thinking, or taking a simple step in the direction you wish to go creatively.
It is worth noting that the ace is the beginning. This is the very conception of ideas, of plans, of flow. It is worth noting that the sword is direct, however it is also double-edged. This can create and destroy, depending on where you thrust it – the perfect sentiment for a new moon.
It is up to you to manage the energy. It is up to you to start the process, clear of mind and full of intention. It will then be your responsibility to carry this to its ending, or to its fruition, dependent on the path you choose to tread.
Another aspect of the Ace of Swords is finding the truth and seeking justice. Is this time you let your past go, and seek the justice you deserve? Or is it the time you need to take a stand and ensure you are able to speak up for yourself or for others? Either way, the time is now. You are ready to seek justice for yourself or others and battle your inner demons.
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This week’s Sunday Spread is here! Every Sunday, we will be posting an image with 3 tarot cards for you to choose from. First, you will need to focus on the backs of the cards, and let your intuition guide you to the one which is relevant for you this week.
Here are the three cards. Focus, see which one feels most relevant to you. Further down in the article we will be discussing each card in turn and what it can mean or imply.
There are many tarot spreads available for you to choose from, and many decks nowadays have their own spreads they have created based around their theme.
There is another article coming soon which talks about tarot use and spreads in more depth. For now however, we are just going to tackle each of the three cards posted above and their meanings.
So if you have chosen your card, let’s get onto the reveal and what they mean!
Temperance Moderation, balance, patience and purpose.
This one is all about balance. It’s one of the major arcana cards, and these are different from the minor arcana as they do not belong to a set of suits. Therefore, they have their own meaning compared to following a general rule of intention. This card shows the balance between two of the most basal elements: fire and water. There is also the aspect of being half in and half out of the water. Everything in moderation is key at this time. If there are things you are trying to balance, this can indicate you are on the right track. Keep the balance, and persevere. A lot of the time, we can be very eager to push ahead with things. This card can indicate the need to slow down, see what is needed and balance accordingly. Stay true to yourself, and balance what you believe in.
Ace of Swords New ideas, mental clarity, breakthroughs, success.
This is it. The thing you have been searching for, the impetus to go ahead and forge new projects, to unleash new ideas, is here. The ace of swords is the beginning of the suit of swords in the tarot. These are extremely direct and straight to the point – as you would imagine from a sword. This is the time to strike. The energies are in your favour to bring new projects to life, or to let something you are not sure of, go. The sword has been drawn – it is now up to you to utilise your mental clarity and willpower in order to make what you want to happen, happen.
Knight of Swords Ambitious, fast-thinking, action-oriented and driven to succeed.
This knight is on a mission to achieve their goals with nothing to stop them. This card can suggest that although you may be steadfast and unwavering in your convictions, you may feel the need to charge straight into things without thinking them through 100%. High levels of energy and force are perfect for you to ride out any storms and ‘keep calm and carry on’. A potential downside to this card is that you may act too quickly before thinking an opportunity or task through. A ‘bull in a china shop’, as it were. The knight of swords shows a use of intellect to attain your goals, along with the willpower to succeed. Just remember to sit back from time to time, look at the bigger picture and don’t rush ahead too swiftly.
So which card were you drawn to? Are the energies something you can harness this week in order to get things done? Let us know!
Palmistry is something that most people will have heard of.
Inspecting the palms and hands in general to tell someone’s future or to get an idea of what may be in store for them. Better known by its old name of Chiromancy or ‘divination by the hand’. When palmistry began is unknown- however, there are some stories which relay it back to a possible beginning in India. The Greeks have definitely studied it, and Aristotle, in particular, is believed to have had a great interest in it.
Whilst travelling in Egypt, it’s said that Aristotle discovered a manuscript detailing the art and science of hand-reading. He was so amazed by this that he sent this to Alexander the Great, exclaiming how it was ‘a study worthy of the attention of an elevated and enquiring mind’.
This manuscript was then translated into Latin by an individual known as Hispanus and the book discovered by Aristotle was published in 1490 at Ulme and titled: ‘Chyromantia Aristotelis cum Figuris’. However, an even earlier book was printed in 1475 at Augsburg and titled: ‘Die Kunst Ciromantia’ (The art of Chiromancy).
Although nowadays, the acts of divination, palmistry being one of them, are associated with the fortune teller at the local funfair, or something only Pagans do as experimentation with methods of telling the future, in the medieval period, some of its practitioners claimed it was sanctioned in the Bible. As with all things, not all people of the church agreed with this idea although some were all for it. Some people who practised it found it easier to describe and continue practising by associating the reading of palms and hands with astrology- the sun, moon and planets, along with the signs of the zodiac were all said to be associated to different parts of the hands.
The correlation and locations of these areas in conjunction with many more factors led the practitioner to their divinatory outcome. The idea of the hands being associated with astrology can be summed up in a fragment of the medieval verse:
“Est pollex Veneris; sed Juppiter indice gaudet. Saturnus medium; Sol medicumque tenet, Hinc stilbon minimum; ferientem candida Luna Possidet; in cavea Mars sua castra tenet.”
Doreen Valiente, an abc of witchcraft
This translates to:
The thumb is of Venus; but Jupiter delights in the index finger and Saturn in the middle finger, and the Sun holds the third finger (Medicus). Mercury is here at the smallest finger and the chaste Moon occupies the percussion (i.e. the outside of the hand, opposite to the thumb); in the hollow of the hand Mars holds his camp.
DOREEN VALIENTE, AN ABC OF WITCHCRAFT
Each of the four fingers on the hands has three divisions or ‘phalanges’, adding up to twelve in all- this is a correspondence to the twelve signs of the zodiac within our very hands.
A good hand reader did not need to cast an elaborate horoscope for the client- if they knew how to read it, it was already present in the hand for them to see and read. This may be a reason why those from the poorer classes of society would learn and develop the skills to apply palmistry because they could not afford the expensive astronomical instruments needed to otherwise tell a horoscope. Knowing the secrets of the hand is one of many well-known and needed skills in witchcraft.
Seven is a magical number which also features largely in palmistry. It is said that there are seven chief lines on the palm of the hand; the line of life, of heart, of the head, of Saturn or of Fortune, of the Sun or brilliance, the hepatica or line of health and the girdle of Venus. There are also said to be seven ‘mounts’ on the palm, named after the Sun, Moon and planets. There was a famous French palmist called D’Arpentigny, who also wrote that there were seven types of hand. These are the elementary hand, the conical or artistic hand, the square or useful hand, the spatulate or active hand, the pointed or psychic hand, the knotty or philosophic hand, and the mixed hand, which is a mixture of all types. As well as the seven types of hand, there is said to be four different types of fingertips- spatulate, conical square and pointed. These are said to be associated with the four elements and in turn the types of temperament they govern.
It is important when studying palmistry that both of the hands are studied- when previously looking into the skills around palmistry, I was told by all kinds of sources to only study one hand for certain things, but it is important to study both hands. It is said that the left hand will show the inherited tendencies of the client and the right hand will show what use the person has made of the pre-determined tendencies. If the client is left handed, these practices will be applied the other way around.
There have been many books and studies about the practice of palmistry over the years it has been used, including an individual’s work- Louis Hamon- who practised under the pseudonym ‘Cheiro’. Although his work may be considered out of date, his work actually helped to make palmistry legal- there was a time when it was illegal in Britain for many years.
This was under the ‘Rogues and Vagabonds Act of 1824’ in the reign of King George IV. This act stated:
Every person pretending or professing to tell fortunes, or using any subtle craft, means or device, by palmistry or otherwise, to deceive and impose on any of His Majesty’s subjects” could be sentenced to 3 month’s hard labour.
Rogues and Vagabonds Act of 1824
This act was sometimes used to apply to general witchcraft, too. This shows just how far we have come with acceptance and laws over the years. Nowadays, people in many countries can practise what was considered ‘witchcraft’ or ‘the devil’s work’ freely with no consequence. Of course, we cannot forget those countries which do not have that luxury – in many places in the world, people are being tried for and killed as it is believed they are practising witchcraft. In many countries, there are laws relating to the practice of witchcraft, and what can and can’t be practised.
In the developed world generally, it is considered ok to practice and be a witch, as well as practice forms of divination.