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Full Moon Tarot

This full moon feels particularly potent this time around. I’m not usually one to look into astrology and the like, but for some reason this time it resonates more with me!

So, as it is so potent, I felt the need to draw a tarot card for the energies surrounding at this time. What exactly is going on anyway?

I drew the card from my Rider-Waite deck before looking up the meaning behind or astrology drive behind this moon. Many people like to take stock of or use things like Mercury retrograde as an excuse for poor behaviour. After all, you can’t punish a planet, right?

From astrology’s point of view, this full moon is supposed to be affecting all kinds of relationships in your life. The need for love or affection will grow stronger, but alongside this, the feelings of jealousy or anger/intimidation are also likely to grow. I guess even if you don’t believe in this (like myself) you can still have the knowledge that you have been forewarned. I suppose it’s nice to be able to reflect on what is going on and step back, rather than let things fly out of control.

With this alignment of planets, etc, it may make those of us in relationships moodier, quicker to jump into arguments or fights. It may also have an effect on those who are single – you may feel like lowering your standards just so you are not alone. However, if you are in a healthy relationship, this can actually help to bring any frustrations to the surface and enable you to resolve them now rather than letting them simmer below the surface.

So what did the tarot cards say?

6 of Cups, upright, from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

The card which appeared for this reading was the 6 of Cups in an upright position. This card takes you back to the happy memories of when you were younger. The connections you made there are ones which bring you joy and happiness.

This card showing up is interesting, based on what I have found out from astrology related to this full moon. This card is based around relationships, as is the moon this time around. So this card showing up, which indicates that there is an increased level of harmony at your disposal, is fitting. It’s showing that with a little patience, the issues which may arise can be handled with ease. Giving and receiving is in full flow, and you are willing to give each other the benefit of the doubt – after all, everyone has their off days.

This card encourages you to give into your playful side. Be childish. Do the things that make you happy. Play the games you used to. Visit the old haunts of your childhood or teenage years with the same people once again. Embrace living life to the full.

It can indicate children coming into your life too. Perhaps you or someone close to you is yet to find out they are expecting a child (or two! This can indicate twins!). It may also be showing you that you may soon be spending more time with children. Maybe now is the time to embark upon becoming a teacher or a nursery assistant. Children are open-minded, curious and usually have some kind of outlook to life we can all learn from. Keep an open mind, keep moving forward and enjoy the little things!

Dark Moon Energy

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.

Ace of Swords card from the Rider Waite tarot deck

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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Planting by the Moon

The following is a very short introduction to ‘planting by the moon’.

It is thought that using the cycles of the moon when planning and planting a garden can help various aspects of the plants reach their full potential. You can read more via the source links below.

Synodic (waxing and waning) cycle

This method divides the lunar cycle into four parts (phases or quarters) and takes approximately 29.6 days to complete. After the phase or cycle grouping, it groups crops into four main categories: root crops, foliage, crops with seeds on the outside and crops with seeds on the inside. Then, the specific category of crops will be assigned to the phases of the moon depending on which phase relates to their growth characteristics.

The cycle beings with the new moon. It then continues to wax until the full moon. After this time it is in the waning phase until the new moon is once again around and the cycle begins again.

The four phases can be assigned to the categories as such:

New Moon (waxing crescent phase): sow leafy greens or foliage vegetables and herbs.

First Quarter (waxing gibbous phase): sow vegetables that have internal seeds like capsicum, chillies, pumpkin, courgettes and legumes, fruits and grains.

Full Moon (waning phase): Sow root vegetables, bulbs and tubers

Last Quarter (waning phase): this is considered a barren period for sowing and transplanting. It is a great time for getting various garden jobs done.

Info from: and

Biodynamic Cycle

This method uses the 12 zodiac signs as a method of the position of the moon for more accurate planting. This was developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. Using a set calendar to perform various tasks- planting, etc, helps map out when things go in and when they come out. Over the course of the moon cycle, it visits each of the zodiac signs throughout the month, and the features the signs hold can be related to the planting. For example, Pisces is water so could relate to leaf, Capricorn is earth, so relates to roots. Choosing the plants that grow together is a big part of this too, as it’s in coordination usually with organic farming or growing methods. These methods can be carried out on large and small scale operations, so don’t feel you can’t apply it if you only have a small section in your garden to grow!

Planning the growing around leaf, flower, fruit and root makes for a stronger mixture for the soil, as well as each plant individually. Another option is to rotate the crops around the garden if you have that option- this helps the soil stay fertile and producing what the plants need. There may not be many flowering plants which are edible, but remember that a garden is not just there to feed humans- bees and many other insects love flowering plants, so make sure they get a snack in too. Another aspect to consider in this kind of gardening method is composting. Having a compost heap is a great addition to any garden and it helps bring nutrients to where you need them most whilst gardening. The traditional method with biodynamic gardening is that the compost heap is gathered, assembled and finished in one go, preparations are added and then it’s left to do what it needs to. This may not be practical for all gardeners, because you may not have the amount of material ready that you will need to make your heap as big as you’d like. Some like to contain their compost heap within a container, others may be lucky enough to have a large enough open location in their garden they can place an open heap.

The biodynamic compost preparations that you will need to use in your compost heap are: yarrow, chamomile, and nettle, dandelion and oak bark- these are available from the BDAA (Biodynamic Agricultural Association) if you are not able to get hold of these. There are also field sprays and different ways of preparing the locations your compost heap will be contained in, also available from the BDAA. If you are choosing to build a heap over time, you can add small amounts of the ‘Mausdorf Starter’ to your heap over time which will help temper the heap, keep the smell down and keep the flies away. Also, once the season of growing is over, be sure to keep your own seeds for use the next season. If you’re unable to gather and keep the seeds anywhere, try and use biodynamic seeds that have been produced in an environment where the biodynamic measures are in use.

If it takes a while to get the garden working in conjunction with these methods, don’t worry. According to the website,, it can take some time for the plants (and also the gardener!) to get used to this rhythmic cycle of planting, growing and harvesting. Growing in line with energies of the cosmos may seem like a very odd concept to many people- many may even scoff at the idea- but as we are part of something much bigger, if it’s a method you wish to try, then go ahead and give it a go!

Sources and ideas for this method were from and

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