The Daily Oracle: Thursday October the 19th-New Moon in Libra.

Drawing our attention to the New Moon in Libra, The Four of Swords (which is the decan ruler of today’s New Moon) asks us to step down from the whirl of our thoughts, and to focus deeply within. Today, a day of new beginnings, and the opportunity to plant afresh, we might ask ourselves whether we may be pursuing the satisfaction of our feelings, at the expense of our mental clarity. If we are drawn helplessly into relationships as a way of assuaging our feelings of being incomplete, then we may no longer have time to do the inner work that we require. Time may be spent on our relationships, fearing that period of alone time that we may desperately need, even if we do not fully realise this. If you are finding your relationships challenging at the moment, and your thoughts seem confused and uncertain, ask yourself if you need to take a break from whatever it is that you are involved in. The transformation that needs to take place, may be being hindered as you focus on someone else’s needs, when in actual fact, your own healing is what is required. It may not be the other that you require, just a better understanding of self. You can read more about the current New Moon in Libra HERE, and get a tarot spread to help focus the energy HERE.

The Four of Swords, The Queen of Wands, The Four of Wands.

This month, The Daily Oracle will be devoted to my exploration of The Alchemical Tarot. Created by Artist and Scholar Robert Place. This deck envisions traditional tarot understandings within the wisdom of the alchemical tradition, and I have found it a very pleasing deck to work with. Providing interesting links between the more traditional interpretations of RW, and the energetic mandalas that I perceive within the Thoth system, I find this deck uncomplicated but also deeply insightful. The artwork is both peaceful and dynamic, and works to allow the intuition to flow easily amongst the cards without the distraction that I have found in some other decks. Alchemy has long held a fascination for me, and I am enjoying the gentle yet clear and commanding voice of these cards. Information on Robert Place, his work, and how to order this, or one of his many other tarot decks, can be found HERE


My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the Head Shot Fadebeautiful Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practicing some new form of divination whilst burning the dinner! My children probably wish that I was “normal” but may well remember my eccentricities fondly when they come to face the challenges of their own paths. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice, in offering guidance, empowerment and healing, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

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