The Wheel of Fortune turns; while one declines
Another is upraised, but she assigns
The fate who holds the hidden axle pin,
The sacred source where destinies begin.
Ensure each turn of life the soul refines!
A strong message here, on the New Moon in Libra, to begin my month with The Mythic Tarot. Conducive to “shadow work” which many people like to engage in through the month of October, this cycle will be exploring the cards through a more “psychological” perspective, as the mythology of ancient greece is brought alive through the 78 cards.
Today, poised on the edge, in a moment full of potential, we are confronted on some level with the results of our past actions. How pleasant or painful this is, will be as a direct result of our past actions, but regardless of the comfort or discomfort that we may be experiencing, we are ready to take the next step, and to meet with an open heart, what comes after. We are now ready to look at aspects of ourselves that we may have hidden from, and to recognise that within the “shadows” great power resides. Through openly acknowledging parts of ourselves that we may have turned away from before, we have the potential to free ourselves from controlling situations or substances that we have tired of. The passage to a different state of being is available, and we are now ready to take the road.
Associated with The Three of Swords, this particular New Moon speaks of the importance of wisdom and foresight when entering into contracts with others, and also the strength and power of achievement to be gained through entering into a binding contract with oneself. This is a powerful New Moon for forging new contracts, and I quote from Austin Coppock below:
“This face also includes those situations where one has been bound to an obligation which they cannot happily fulfil. Unwise commitments are seen, and those in such a position face the choice of honouring their word and suffering, or breaking their oath but gaining some freedom. Although wisdom can prevent one from falling into such a bind, it offers no salvation for one so caught. The power of the contract creates more than misery though. It is only earnest commitment which allows relationships to endure both lean harvests and fat returns. The power of obligation fixes volatile passions and when properly engaged, lays a firm foundation for the good life. Yet, perhaps the most fundamental and potent promises are those made to oneself, for there is little that one capable of making and keeping such an agreement cannot achieve.”
This month, The Daily Oracle this month will be devoted to my exploration of The Mythic Tarot. Published in 1986 by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene, the cards are drawn by Tricia Newell. I have loved the ancient greek myths since I was a child, and often use this deck to do readings when I am “stuck” with something for myself. I find the insight to be gentle and direct. The Verses that I have used for each post are the work of the gifted John Opsopaus, whose work can be found HERE
Header art work: Persephone & The Pomegranate by Kris Waldherr. You can read more about her work HERE
My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the beautiful 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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