Do you trust your instincts? Do you believe in the goal you chose for yourself at the New Moon? The Moon has moved from earthy, hands-on Taurus through most of airy, mentally oriented Gemini. Continuing with the reading from the New Phase, the Crescent Phase begins with a focus on mental and emotional clarity.
Taurus Lunation 2017
April 29th, 12:57pm – May 2nd, 10:47pm EDT
24°34 Gemini – 12°52 Leo
The card associated with 24° 34′ Gemini shows us someone who has endured much and learned from experience. (See below for how cards are selected.) The second card (the guide) places us in the hands of someone who thinks things through before taking action. The third card, the hidden factor, asks that we tune in to our emotions and break any illusions we may have about the path we’ve chosen.
Card 1, The Current Circumstances: The Crescent Phase at 24 Gemini is represented by the 10 of Swords. This version is a lot less unnerving than the Rider-Waite card, but carries the same symbolism. We had to choose a path at the New Phase. Now that we’re at the Crescent phase, we have to trust our instincts that we’ve made the right choice and are headed in the right direction. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that instinct can arise from our past experiences. It doesn’t have to be a psychic moment. It’s not intuition. Card 10 in a suit can be a card designating the end of a cycle . We’ve experienced all that we can and must move on. Some questions for this phase might include:
- What is your gut telling you about the path you chose?
- Have you wrapped up everything in order to move move forward?
Card 2, The Guide: The Knight of Swords represents Gemini as mutable air. The Knights are action-oriented in the completion of their goals. If there’s a “walk the talk” person in the tarot, this guy definitely fits the description. His experience with acting on his thoughts can propel us toward the next phase, the First Quarter, in which we’re urged to take action. He can talk you through trusting your instincts. We can hope that anyone wielding a sword has done a good deal of thinking before using it. Some answers the Knight might be able to guide us toward:
- Did you think your choice through to completion?
- What do I absolutely know to be true?
- How do I stop thinking and start acting on what I’ve learned?
Card 3, The Hidden Factor: Illusion/The Moon, the card of sensitive and intuitive Pisces, is associated with 24Gemini. We may think and think and think and think some more, and still fall back on our emotions. We have a dream at the New Moon that we want to come true. We’re ready to dedicate ourselves to it. Our hearts are fully invested. Of course, we feel something. How could we not? Pisces’ motto is “I Believe.” Without belief, why even bother with a New Moon dream or working through the phases? With emotion and intuition as an unacknowledged driving force to trust our instincts, we might ask ourselves:
- What illusion may have cast a spell over me?
- How do I combine instinct and intuition to guide me through this phase?
- Do I really believe? If not, why not? (Ask the Knight of Swords.)
The Crescent Phase marks the third day of the lunation. Three days, three weeks, three months are times when we can fall off the wagon, as they say. Belief is very important now. This phase ends at 12° Leo, a position in the zodiac represented by the 6 of Wands, Victory. I hope that serves as inspiration.
Next Up: The First Quarter Phase begins on May 2nd at 12° Leo.
How the Cards are Selected
The cards for phase readings are not drawn randomly. Each phase is represented by three cards associated with the degree of the zodiac that begins each phase. The first card is the minor arcana card associated with the beginning degree of the phase. It gives a look at the current circumstances. The second card is the Court Card associated with the sign of that degree and acts as a person who can guide us through the phase. Cardinal signs are represented by the Kings, fixed signs by the Queens, and mutable signs by the Knights. The third card is a Major Arcana card that is associated with a 2½ degree span of the sign, called a dwaad. This card represents a hidden factor and an unacknowledged driving force.
The featured deck for the Taurus Lunation is Tarot of the Old Path with artwork by Sylvia Gainsford, published by U.S. Games in 1992. It is available in English and Spanish at Amazon and other bookstores.