You probably know that the New Moon, darkest phase of the planet, marks the beginning of a cycle that lasts 28 days. This cycle is divided into 4 phases, each of which lasts 7 days or 1 week.
Here is a reading that takes the phases of the moon so that you can accompany the project of your choice with more awareness on the inside work necessary for the good realization of the said project.
Take your favorite Tarot or Oracle (or both at the same time), mix your cards and take 5 of them blindly. Place them according to the example in the photo below.
Here are the meanings of each position:
1. you, who are at the centre of the project (card in the centre of the reading).
2. New Moon = what you need to sow to bring about the project (right to the first one).
3. First Quarter (growing moon) = how do you water/feed your project to stimulate its growth and development (under the first one).
4. Full Moon = the best results you can expect (left to the first one).
5. Last Quarter (waning moon) = the steps to be taken to complete the implementation of the project, but also the suggestion of other possibilities for its follow-up (above the first one).
This reading sets the tone for the 28-day lunation period and for a given project. You can redo this reading at each New Moon either to continue the initial project or to start another one. I invite you, for each lunation, to concentrate on only one project, the one which, at the moment, seems to you to be a priority. Inevitably and because you are at the center of your life, the reading for a given project will also make you shine in all other areas.
Autumn equinox will be there soon and I invite you to make a cycle assessment through cards reading. I remind you that the autumn equinox marks the preparation for the period of introspection that will begin in the new Celtic year of November 1st.
I myself made this reading last night with a Tarot as well as with an Oracle. The two readings are interesting and complement each other by refining the interpretation of both.
Take your favorite Tarot or Oracle (or both), mix your cards, take 6 of them blindly and place them. Here are the meanings of each position:
1. what you have harvested since the 1st November 2020,
2. what you can now close (right to the first card),
3. new projects to be sown (covers the first two cards),
4. how to prepare yourself for the introspection that begins (under the first card),
5. what could help you to do this introspection (under the second card),
6. what is the important topic you will be working on during this introspection (covers the last two cards).
This reading sets the tone for the entire upcoming cycle from 22nd September 2021 to 23rd September 2022. We have entered the Aquarius astrological era since the Winter Solstice 2020 and the years we are going through are therefore essential in the changes they bring individually, but also collective/societal.
If you are new in Personal Growth or if you start to be interested in cards, you will find that some are called Tarot and other Oracles. How not to confuse them? To find your way out of the fog, I will briefly explain what it is.
First of all, let’s have a look at the definition of the oracle: message interpreted from an event or an object used to support this interpretation.
The runes are an oracle as well as the Yi-King, the coffee grounds, the crystal ball, the croaking of a raven, the leaf falling from the tree… and… the Tarot! And here, you will say that I am confusing you. Let's continue and stick to the cards.
If the Tarot is an Oracle, not all Oracles are Tarots. In addition to the name given to the cards by their designer, a Tarot game must systematically contain 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana, or a total of 78 cards. The major arcana are numbered from 1 to 21 + an unnumbered card representing both 0 and 22. These arcana are illustrated with symbolic scenes and bear names.
The minor arcana are divided into 4 suits of 14 cards each: batons, swords, cups and coins. Each suit contains 10 cards numbered from 1 to 10 + 4 figures: jack, knight, queen and king.
Some Tarots are only published with the 22 major arcana, which is already enough to work with them if it is only symbolism that attracts you, but if you want to make the link between symbolism and your daily life, I highly recommend you turn to a complete Tarot.
Oracles cards are therefore those that do not include the structure of a Tarot according to the description I have just given you and if the purpose of an Oracle is also to deliver messages to us, they will be more accessible to people who do not want to dig into the field of symbolism.
To conclude, I would say that a Tarot and an Oracle are not only used for divination purposes, but are also good tools for advancing in self-knowledge.