The disseminating moon is a time to release whatever is not serving us as the moon begins to wane once again.
Where have I become too rigid in thought? The Hierophant
It is important to center ourselves in spirituality, but adhering too rigidly to one set of rituals or practices may not be the most productive way forward in a time of uncertainty. Instead, think about the heart of your intention and practice and don’t be afraid to use what you have on hand in place of the tools and materials that may be unavailable at this time.
What can I learn from others? Six of Cups
This is a good time to learn from family and partners. what traditions and rituals have you inherited or been taught that may serve you well at this time? This card also speaks to the opportunity some of us have to talk with elders during this time. Since we are sheltering in place, we may want to take this opportunity to look more deeply at family albums and connect with narrative and stories that we might not have had time to explore in our busy lives.
What can I share with others? The Lovers
Clearly we are being asked to act in our relationships from a place of love. When we enter partnerships with a self-serving attitude or expectation, it can create imbalance and lack authenticity. As we create new relationships and practice anti-racism, one way to intent right relations is to approach others with love and mutual respect in mind.
What is the wisdom of this moon phase? Queen of Cups (rev)
The waning moon invites us to release guilt, shame, and other emotions that we may have been harboring as we navigate the difficulties of our current reality. At the same time, we are asked to continue our shadow work and examine the trauma and repressed feelings we may also be working through.
Oracle: Tender Care
This is a time to be gentle with ourselves and others. We can practice self-compassion and act with loving kindness in our relationships. Change happens on many levels, and resisting the pull to act out of anger, fear, or in total self-interest can be a revolutionary choice in itself.
We continue our lesson of releasing attempts to control what has clearly come loose from its moorings. There is increasing chaos in our world, and instead of wasting energy on one-sided battles that go nowhere, we will be better served to focus our energy and ambition on those things we can actually control.
Tue-Thu 8/4-6: 7 of Wands (rev)
We will continue to struggle with identifying what we can control versus what is out of our hands. We are in danger of wasting our power if we try to control others or ourselves in ways that limit authenticity and truth. Act in alignment with your values and focus on the areas where you are seeing the most growth from your efforts.
Fri-Sat 8/7-8: 6 of Coins (rev)
It may be hard to figure out how where to direct any discretionary income you may have at your disposal. Consider how you might shift any excess profit you have toward charity. Taking direct action is something you can control, and by this point in the week you may have some more clarity about those organizations and activities where you want to spend your time and resources.
When the moon is full we are invited to reflect on the intentions we set during the new moon. Are things going along as planned, or do we need to adjust our expectations?
What has reached its peak? Six of Swords
We are coming to the end of a time of necessary rest after a great deal of turmoil and conflict. The action is far from over, however, and our respite will soon end as we begin a new cycle of action.
What is emerging? Six of Cups
We may be feeling nostalgic for the ways things were, and there is possibly an urge to withdraw from the fight for a time and resort to old habits and old ways. We may be craving comfort, even if we know this comfort is often privilege in disguise. This is a time to decide which rituals and traditions serve you moving forward into the future, and which are merely learned behaviors that no longer align with your current values.
What am I manifesting? Seven of Swords
Because forward progress is not liner right now, some may feel frustrated about how to best participate in the social justice movement. Withdrawal and escape is an option, but it will not yield the results we desire at this time. Instead, we must ask: how can we face our responsibility to society in a way that also serves our health and well being?
How are my relationships? Ace of Pentacles (rev)
It is difficult to start new projects or investments right now due to a lack of material stability. Many of us literally don’t know where our next income is coming from. New beginnings are on the horizon and with them new ways of doing business and relating to each other. Things have not yet come to fruition and we may be struggling to imagine how they will manifest.
This is a time to decide which rituals and traditions serve you moving forward into the future, and which are merely learned behaviors that no longer align with your current values.
What is preparing for release? Chariot (rev)
We are going to have to give up control of some things and focus our energy where it is most effective. We are approaching a time of togetherness and working in a collective way. We will be asked to integrate the duality of our shadow and light sides. We must face all of ourselves if we are to evolve and grow, and we will learn to recognize when our controlling tendencies detract from working with others instead of contributing to the whole.
What is the wisdom of this moon cycle? The Hierophant
We are asked to ground our spiritual practices in the traditions that feel right to us and align with our values. In the absence of clear material stability, it is our spiritual connections and foundation that will see us through. By being true to our beliefs, we will attract other groups of humans who will assist us with our social justice work, using our specific tools, skills, and creativity.
Oracle card: Movement
Now is the time for action, but not via tightly controlled and executed plans. Instead, we are asked to go with the flow and move with flexibility and agile response to change like never before.