For today I decided to do a Full Moon spread instead of a daily draw, as the Moon will be full in about 5 hours time…. I wanted to catch it before it begins to wane. I used this spread designed by
Eowyn on Aeclectic Tarot, along with my Tarot of the Sweet Twilight.
Full Moon Spread by Eowyn
3. What begins to fade away, to darken, to abandon you… or what needs to be.
2. What gets completed. What closes a cycle.
1. What can be seen with clarity, so bright that can even blind you.
0. Yourself. Shadow card, from the base of the deck.
Eowyn has the cards laid out one above the other in a line, but because I wanted to photograph the reading for this blog I laid mine out around the face of the moon with the zero shadow card at the bottom and then moving clockwise with the other three cards.
|Full Moon Spread – Tarot of the Sweet Twilight|
0 – Yourself. Shadow card, from the base of the deck – The Empress
For the Shadow card I drew The Empress. I dont feel too much like the traditional Empress at the moment, but I can relate to this half submerged creature. She looks calm and balanced and actually I do feel calm, like the calm after the storm if not quite Venus rising from the waves! All elements are here showing no struggle between any of them… she wears fire, stands half in air and half in water and she carries the earth in her hand. Moon Goddess and Earth Mother, Fire Maiden and Mermaid!
I love her big heart shaped crown….. I definitely rule with my heart and not my head. I also see the water as emotions which she is rising from. Part of her is still submerged in emotions but she is holding her world out of the water. I can relate to this. The fishes all want a little bit of her.. or maybe a great big chunk… I can relate to this too. But also she is part of everything in her world… as I am.
Someone told me the other day how my children have taken parts of me just as I am getting new parts from them. We are one.
1 – What can be seen with clarity, so bright that can even blind you – Death
Another Major Arcana….. and what a gorgeous card. The skeleton is so loving, and it looks to me as if he is carrying the sleeping girl away from the shadow of death which is in the scythe of the grim reaper behind him. he is moving away from the Moon and towards the Sun and the light. There is however a desert to cross, maybe he has done most of the journey and is nearing the end. The skull and the snake remind me of a print I have of the Mexican border… there are skulls and snakes there… Snakes have always been signs of regeneration and transformation and of course temptation. Skulls are a symbol of impermanence and even considered lucky by some cultures. Perhaps this skull is signifying the border, the edge, and soon the two will be out of the desert and moving into a new lusher country. I feel as if I am the person being moved on…. I have felt this for some time, I am not sure what is moving me, but some force is making it happen….
2 – What gets completed. What closes a cycle – Seven of Chalices
Two skeletons in this reading…. the girl looks at her reflection in the water and see’s death, the death of her old self maybe… or the death of feeling….emotion… An emotional death…. again I am gobsmacked by this tarot deck. Behind her the future is lush and bright and life beckons, but she cant see that in her watery mirror yet… but if she looks deep enough she will. Is she looking to find who she truly is? Has she left the world behind for a while to contemplate who she is?
Death has one of the cups, it is just a reflection, is it something she has to leave behind …something she can no longer touch, or an emotion she can no longer feel? That would work for me. Of course she could be intoxicated…. three of the goblets are empty and one is in the water… strangely enough I haven’t been able to drink wine for ages!
The girl sits between life and death, which is where we all sit, all of the time, for all we have is now.
3 – What begins to fade away, to darken, to abandon you… or what needs to be – The World
Sadness? Will sadness abandon me? This is an amazing card…. the World is crying and the sun shines through her tears and makes a rainbow… the sign of hope. Stars are twinkling and the little person is standing on the Moon (?) holding up a bowl to receive the love and joy and sorrow of the world. Our planet. There is a flower on the moon growing up…. whats this? Life on another planet… is it showing that there is more than the earth that needs our love and care and attention.
Everything is here…. a cycle is complete with The World card…. there have been struggles and hardships but it is time to hold up our offering bowls and celebrate, be thankful for we have gotten this far, and there is much to live for.
As far as the position of this card in the layout goes… maybe what is fading away is that which is meant to fade away, the end of a major cycle in my life… what once seemed light and all there was to live for is now in shadow, and I can hardly see it?
There are a lot of deaths in this reading… I am definitely looking at changes, endings and new beginnings. But I have known this for a while. Three Major Arcana cards are pretty strong stuff in a four card spread! I will think about this more tomorrow. Time to watch an episode of Lynley!