Dark of the Moon
Dark of the Moon
Plant a seed tonight
Dark of the Moon
What we envision
Will come to be by the Full Moon’s light.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
— Galileo Galilei
Now this is interesting. The last time the Ace of Swords came calling, back in June, was also on the New Moon. It was the New Moon of Cancer, at Summer Solstice. Now we are in the New Moon of Scorpio. Both are extremely emotional, deeply intuitive water signs.
New Moons bring us new beginnings, as do the Aces in the Tarot. Each Ace depicts the essential energy of its suit. Since the Swords relate to the intellect, ideas, choices, and the mind, the Ace of Swords points to new possibilities in the realms of communication, understanding, and judgment.
This New Moon is unusually potent, as astrologer Lynn Hayes explains. “New Moons mark the beginning of the lunar cycle, and they bring a fresh new energy to begin anew. The Scorpio New Moon brings us squarely into contact with the rawness of our feelings and emotions. Here we are naked; unadorned, unprotected – seeking the Truth that comes from total and brutal honesty…Our deepest emotions and painful memories are easy to access now and can be transmuted in the fire of conscious awareness and intention.”
There could hardly be a more powerful symbol of conscious awareness and honesty than the Ace of Swords. But these both seem, sadly, to be in short supply.
Every day, I talk to more and more people who, like me, cannot listen to the news for more than a few minutes without wanting to cry out, “Has everyone just gone completely insane? Are people believing all this nonsense? Did everyone take a stupid pill when I wasn’t looking?”
Last week in Singapore, international leaders failed to come to any substantial agreement about how to remedy the catastrophic climate changes we are facing. And hope is fading that anything much will happen at the desperately important Copenhagen meeting next month. They say it is too expensive to save our own lives. Are you kidding me?
This week’s card offers some antidote to this global hypnosis of fear and craziness. As individuals and communities, its power is in our hands. Our survival will certainly depend on clear communication, refusing to indulge emotional histrionics, and using our gifts of sense, reason, and intellect.
Both globally and personally, the New Moon is when we plant a seed, and the Ace of Swords is a seed of awareness. We may not recognize it right away, but when it begins to sprout, it could take almost any form – a compelling idea, an important conversation, the hunger for the truth, a call to justice, or a chance to be candid and honest.
Although Scorpio exposes our raw emotional side, this may not be the best week to make choices only from our feelings, but instead focus on the facts. What turning point or breakthrough could open new areas of clarity for you? Although the Swords often challenge us, what new ideas, wisdom, or information is now available? In what ways are you being shown your own authentic truth?
Continually ask yourself what truth is being revealed, and notice what is being muddled. Liberation, especially from deception, is possible. This is a time to keep your awareness wide open. Although it may not be comfortable, pay attention, stay conscious. Dare to see, think, and speak with honesty and clarity. There is deep transformation and a new beginning calling.