Dance with pleasure, sing Life.
Join the rocks and trees in chorus.
Wrap your legs around the mountains
And let your lips caress the river.
Join with Life in this moment
from Psalm 95, Earth Psalms, by Angela Magara
What a profound affirmation we receive in this Libra New Moon week! After coming to us in answer to last week’s difficult Five of Swords, one of the happiest cards in the Tarot returns, standing on its own as our guidance this week. Welcome back to the Four of Wands.
The Tarot’s fours focus on grounding, structure, and rock-solid stability. Yet the Wands are ruled by the element of Fire and they are involved with the energetics of our life-force. They are the guardians of desire, growth, passion, action, and magic.
Thus, the Four of Wands demonstrates that when we are able to steady and stabilize the energetic, creative Wands, a happy, fruitful outcome is the result.
In this card, we can see a happy couple leading a harvest celebration out into the open, away from the walled fortress towards the festive bower.
Some may notice that this is a familiar image, an outdoor pavilion, full of magic. It shows us the joyful simplicity of Nature and portrays the gratitude of receiving the abundant harvest. How perfect for this celebration day in Canada of Thanksgiving!
The Four of Wands is a card of such true happiness, Arthur Waite declared that even if read reversed, its meaning was unchanged.
Living in Tower Time
Tarot legend Rachel Pollack observes that it is a powerful counterpoint to The Tower of the Major Arcana, whose figures are even wearing the same clothing.
Where The Tower shows the painful consequences of repression and living in fear or hiding, the Four of Wands is the exact opposite – coming out into the open and living authentically, in harmony with the land, in generosity and freedom.
As many of you reading this know, I, along with many other magickal people, have informally dubbed this Saturn-and-Pluto in Capricorn/global reckoning period of upheaval and the collapsing old ways “Tower Time.”
How lovely that we are given this alternative, at this pivotal moment. Here is a reminder that we can still prioritize a more sustainable life – growth in ways that are in balance with the Greater Good. For this is a card of the happy home and the fruitful harvest celebrated at the end of our efforts.
As I mentioned last week, this is one of the “stage” cards that artist Pamela Colman Smith, who was also a theatre set designer, created. It features a long, double horizontal line in the foreground, separating the players and scenery into a backdrop, as in the theatre.
Thus it may give the impression that the wands are floating in front of a stage, where the actors are playing their roles.
So the marriage we are seeing may or may not be a literal one. However, a small, socially responsible wedding this week would certainly be blessed. In fact, any happy celebration of success and moving into a new chapter of life would be auspicious.
The Libra New Moon
This attunes to what Annie Heese notes of the Libra New Moon this week:
The New Moon in the sign of Libra starts a good cycle in which to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Scales.
This New Moon brings fresh and creative energy into our lives, and more specifically, into our relationships. This is a cycle in which balancing our close personal relationships becomes an urgent desire. Negotiations may be especially useful, as we are inclined to assert our needs in ways that don’t offend others.
Even so, there are obstacles and opposition to overcome due to challenging aspects happening at the time of this lunation, and the route to peace may be a conflict-ridden one!
This New Moon is involved in a tense configuration as it opposes retrograde Mars and squares Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. Blocks to our goals are likely, and we’re likely dealing with re-emerging challenges from the past now.
Grounding, centering, poise, and stabilizing are going to be of extreme importance this week.
Especially since, if you aren’t already aware, Tuesday the 13th, Mercury turns retrograde. Beware of technology meltdowns, garbled communications, and delayed travel plans.
In addition, Lorna Bevan cautions:
Expect clashes, crashes and crossed wires. The Mars/Pluto square is overlaying a sense of heaviness and this week the Sun squares Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn. On Tuesday 13th, Mars is at his closest to Earth until 2035 acting out just as Mercury stations to turn retrograde in Pluto’s sign of Scorpio until November 3rd opposing unpredictable Uranus and trining Neptune. Nothing will be what it seems. If you think Tower of Babel or Lost in Translation, you get the gist.
The Super Stealth New Moon on Friday October 16th at 23° Libra in the Via Combusta aka the Fiery Way is going to be a doozy! The seismic window is wide open between 13-18th, bringing geo-physical disturbance, high tides, super storms or earth movements.
Falling as it does not only in a Mercury Max, but within just two days of Mercury’s retrograde station this is set to be one of the most turbulent geophysical disturbance points in 2020. Make your wellbeing a priority, get more rest, more hydration, more grounding outside.
Realise that you cannot do the old things anymore, that the energy of everything really affects you in a different way. It’s not an emotional experience, it’s a “that resonates/that doesn’t”.
Notice what and who you’ve walked away from, what you’ve stopped doing, thinking, craving or needing whether it’s trying to connect with people who don’t get you, constantly trying to fit in or giving your services away.
The more you withdraw your energy from anything external that leads to soul de-fragmentation, the more energy you have available to self-sustain and the more energised, present and alive you become. Power up to invest all your energy into where and how you want to live – not repairing what’s broken.
In short, watch where your energy is going. Dial it back from the dramas that want to suck you in.
Mind Your Manifesting Magick
While it is excruciatingly tempting to hurl magickal curses and bindings at the dangerous players who are running our world into the ground, I see this card as yet another affirmation that doing so ONLY FEEDS THEIR ENERGY.
Instead, as several of my spiritual teachers continue to warn, this simply amplifies their powers. This is not to say we should stick our heads in the ground, or trip out on imaginary waves of Rainbows, Light, and cloud cuckoo land, ignoring the horrors unfolding.
But it does mean that energy flows where attention goes, and this week we would be wise to turn our attention to what we want.
We can connect to the deeper truths of the Earth’s wholeness, the goodness inherent in Life, and from there, radiate out a more powerful magick than the destructive, foul work being woven by the dark sorcery now in power.
As my friend and Tarot adept, Zoe Matoff observed last week regarding the juxtaposition of the Five of Swords and the Four of Wands, we were seeing the two alternatives before us: the ugly, cheating bullies of the old order, and the potential stability and celebration of, say, a new White House.
Now the Four of Wands stands alone before us as our solitary guide for this week.
The Wands are never passive, and such a vision does not happen through wishing it alone. We must build this happy bower ourselves.
Join with Life in This Moment
This week, you may be involved in home matters – looking for a new house, sprucing up or renovating your current address, shopping for home appliances, or other nesting activities.
While Mercury and Mars retrogrades are not great for signing contracts or launching a new project, this would be a good time to get busy repairing or upgrading what you already have.
As the days get shorter, and the cold months in the Northern Hemisphere encroach, be sure to take every opportunity still available to get plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
Most importantly, let gratitude fill your heart, for that is the true source of soulful abundance.
As dreary and discouraging as the news continues to be, something else is stirring. Life remains, and the fortification we long for is right in front of us: open, full of light, and not hidden behind the stone walls.
Let us never fail to recognize the inherent goodness of our world, and know that its good is always multiplied when celebrated and shared.
May our New Moon seeds this week be blessed with the vision of what we want, discarding the racket of what we don’t. Let us all celebrate the vitality and sureness of Life itself.