I have been so busy I have had no time to do anything with tarot or my spiritual path in a little over a month. With things calming down I am getting back to it and trying to re-establish my lunar practices, study of crystals, and adding a little Celtic Lunar Tree influences to my practice. I really do like this Queen of the Moon Oracle, it does have some different names for the full moons as I know them, but nothing a little research could not resolve. I have wanted a deck to dedicate to my Lunar practices for some time, and got this one with that intent. I am still getting to know it and only time will tell, but I did find it very insightful and spiritual.
STRAWBERRY MOON READING - June 17, 2019
Deck: Queen of the Moon Oracle
Other Names for this Moon: Hot Moon & Rose Moon
Celtic Lunar Tree: Oak
Crystal Associated with this Moon: Sunstone
I have added two cards to this reading. The first card is the corresponding card in this deck to the current full Moon #34 The Hot Moon. I have also added The Oak Card from the Ogham The Celtic Tree Oracle, and have included the energy of the Sunstone. I am using these three as the overall influence over this reading.
#34 HOT MOON – EXTREMES (Queen of the Moon Oracle)– brings as its message “I handle extremes with grace, yet I seek balance in all things.” This card tells us how this full moon brings challenges that will help us build or resilience and reserves of wisdom and clam for when things are at their extreme. So one can expect uncomfortable or “hot” situations. The companion stone included with this card is the Sunstone.
OAK (Ogham The Celtic Tree Oracle) – the Oak is known as the “King of the Forest,” and has long been associated with strength, wisdom and endurance. In addition, the work Oak also means “door” and is linked to new opportunities and to seeing things from both sides. Druids have considered Oaks to be highly sacred and magical.
SUNSTONE – yes I actually went out and purchased myself one so I can work with it. This is a very positive stone, one of abundance and joy. It is a stone of leadership, personal power, and freedom. It is also a stone of nurturing of self to open us to nurture others and bestow blessings upon them. It is known as a joyful stone, which I can see how it can come in handy during challenging times.
OVERALL INFLUENCE: This full moon has the potential to bring challenges that can bring out extreme behaviors and attitudes. Trial(s) in how to handle and bounce back from adversity which will promote personal growth and depth as a result. The Oak represents our strength as well as the opportunities that lie within the challenge(s) and importance of seeing things from both sides to get to a balanced resolution. The Sunstone can be a friend at this time with its joyful and positive energy, as well as its nurturing qualities towards self and others.
1. HONORING THE MOON – What is the message I need to hear from my innermost self? #28 – PEACE – Waxing Crescent 5
The message of this card, according to the companion book, is “I choose to create and hold peace, I allow this to ripple into the world.” In this image we see a young woman meditating and holding the space for peace in her hands surrounding herself with this so she can project it. Her crown chakra is open to the universe. The card is about establishing mental peace by knowing what you can and cannot control, and make peace with that. Do what you can about what is in your control, and let go of what you can’t. The message I need to hear from my innermost self is to not get overwhelmed by things outside of my control and to focus on those I can do something about. Through this I can better focus on those things within my control. This calls for me to embrace the strength the Oak and tap into the energy of the Sunstone to promote joy in my life, and nurture myself and others – these are the ripples I can put out into the world.
2. HONORING THE SUN – What action can I take to further my path of spiritual growth? #4 ACCEPTANCE – Waxing Crescent 2
The white doves of this card make me think of the Peace card in position one, and the butterflies on it as transformation being released as a result. The message of this card, according to the companion, is “I accept where I am and who I am right now.” The image of this card shows the hand of the divine and the hand of man reaching towards one another. There is an electrical connection between the two that release doves and butterflies (peace and transformation). As the moon grows the connection becomes greater and joint space or unity is created. The action of accepting oneself is the first step to moving forward. It is not about pushing oneself and trying to hard, it is about knowing where you are so you can see where you want to go. To further my path of spiritual growth I need accept that my efforts have been inconsistent and that to advance on my path I need to engage consistently in my spiritual practices. By doing so I open the opportunity of growth and magic of the Oak. I can draw on the Sustone crystal to not beat myself up over the lack of effort I have put in on this lately, allow it to expand my consciousness and approach my spiritual work with fun and whimsy and have fun with it vs. making it a chore or obligation.
3. What can I reveal about myself to the world? #35 THUNDER MOON – CHANGE
This card actually corresponds to the July Full Moon. The message of this card, according to the companion, is “I welcome change and its energy.” The image of this card is very interesting. There is a woman holding onto a planet and riding it as the moon produces a major electrical storm. Kind of made me think of the Tarot Tower card in some ways. What also caught my attention is how in the spread the character faces the direction of the Acceptance card, making me think that through acceptance of where and who I am will be a catalyst for major change. This card also has seagulls which are symbols of freedom and care free behavior. The card is card ties into Acceptance in that change is inevitable so we have the choice to accept and ride it or to resist it. It is about truly understanding that nothing ever stays the same. I am not clear on what this card means in this position other than I am ready for a change. What that change is, I have no clue. Perhaps that is the revelation that I don’t know, I have no goal or intention thus have no clue how to harness my personal power from the inside out to affect it. Because this card is representative of the July Full Moon, it has given me much food for thought so I can think about what changes I need to make, set goals and intentions then thrust my personal power behind those to affect the changes. To be prepared and open to it. This could tie back to the opportunities the Oak provides this moon, and identifying the changes through the challenges of this one.
4. What is ripening in my life? #30 SNOW MOON – PURITY
This card is representative of the February Full Moon. Perhaps this card too signals timing of sorts. Next month time to ride out change, and things settling on fresh clean slate by the February Full Moon. Purity in the sense of this card refers to a fresh start, like “the purity of the silver moon on the unmarked snow.” The purity of intention and single purpose. The message of this card is “I know why I do what I do.” This card might herald a true awakening and understanding of how I walk through and live life vs. just going with the flow which is pretty much how I do things now and has not worked all that great for me in several aspects of my life. It directs me to look at things through a new lens. This is something I can work on through the previous cards.
5. How can I open myself to greater joy? #27 RELEASE – Waning Crescent 4
The message of this card is “I freely release what I no longer need.” This card ties in so well with Card 1, getting the message from my innermost self and letting go of things I cannot control to reach some mental peace, the Card 2 accepting where I am and who I am, opening myself up to Card 3 Change, and finally understanding my motivations at a deeper level knowing why I do what I do. This process will open me up to the light and healing of the Sunstone and to greater joy. It will allow me to truly enjoy life on another level, much like the woman on this card releases from her physical body and transcends where she is and who she is becoming one with herself and the energies around her.