A new moon eclipse, ripe for beginnings!
It's Friday evening, and a Moonletter bubbles to the surface as the weekend feed-refresh comes in. (Can Friday Just begin already?) There's distracted, day-dreamy energy to the day...wistfully wondering what the last of 2021 has in store for us. This new moon overnight tonight brings an eclipse and the ending of a series. It feels like we are beginning to wrap up this whole cycle and start anew, and almost like getting a head start on the renewal this year.
Wrapped up in the layers of Likely Tale is not only the belief that we are the authors of our tales–– but that we can begin that new book at any time. Perhaps, we don't need to wait for the new year, our solar returns, or any particular day. Perhaps, the moment to start again is right now.
In the Northern Hemisphere, we are in the dark period of the year, and the shorter days peak soon, in just a little over two weeks. There's a romance in this time of year, a coziness. Dreams of fireplaces and merry meals, yule trees and song, love exchanged and forgiveness granted.
Cozying up to the shadow and learning to share and speak the truths. Aiming the arrows of our words (in the spirit of Sagittarius) toward that truth. New moons are ideal for setting new intentions and beginning cycles in my practice, which feels incredibly potent right now. You can easily tap into this energy all weekend, though; new moons are gracious in that way.
So while we sit in the somewhat liminal space of watching one, calendar year begins to wrap up and our attention starts to turn to the year ahead, deep within the rest of the season....I have some Fool's correspondences to share, in the spirit of flexing our muscles for new beginnings.
Tarot Spread: Embracing the Fool's Folly.
This spread is meant to set the tone and get you exploring what it means to take the Fool's leap. On the other side, explore possibility and explore your truth with fresh eyes.
Prepare to take the jump, emerging from the cocoon, new.
You'll begin to write your tale from this moment on, so let's get started with the excitement and anticipation of a new adventure.
Find the Fool - set off to the left.
- Where do you need to be most true to yourself?
- How can I live more in joy?
- What must I prepare to leave behind?
- What is waiting for me as I leap?
These are most helpful if you spend some time journalling afterwards and really exploring the tale.
I thought I'd share mine, to get you thinking. Here's the photo of my pull for the spread and my unedited rapid-fire notes on the cards, and what occurred to me as I turned them over.
Where do you need to be most true to yourself?
- 7 of Wands
- Strength through change, trusting the self to rise to the challenge. I need to allow myself to choose my battles wisely. I need to use the firey energy to help myself and others to speak the truth as I need to. And share myself.
How can I live more in joy?
- Page of Wands
- Allowing my creativity to flourish again. After a long period of being locked into a single project and boxed in with work - drained of energy. I can live in more joy by embracing all of the overlaps of this card. The Sun, The Hermit, and the Chariot. Allowing my light to shine within and without, and channeling my creative will, will shine the Sun on everything.
What must I prepare to leave behind?
- The Hierophant
- I don’t often think of this card as dogma - but this slammed through with this card. I must leave behind the notions that keep me chained. Other’s ideals of what things ought to be. To trust my inner knowing and ability to see how things connect. External dogmas no longer serve.
What is waiting for me as I leap?
- The Creator
- Embodiment of actualization. BEING the author. Fully expressed and shining. A proper state of co-creation with the universe and radiating out. What is waiting for me? Everything that I’ve asked for.
So moving this into a narrative to begin the tale....
Embracing the folly of the Fool, I, as the Hero of my tale, allow myself the space to find strength in change. In my cocoon, I harness the firey energy needed to help myslef and others to speak their truth. I know that as I emerge from this warm and safe space I will need to trust myself in the adventures ahead, knowing that I can rise to the challenges that present themselves. For, they are sure to be many. Therein lies the joy and learning. I will spread my wings and share myself, in the hopes that it might also strengthen others along the way.
From this space of being true to myself and honouring those truths, I find the ability to allow my creativity to flourish again. The cocoon is a time of rest, and I am ready to emerge. I can live in the joy of embracing my inner Fool, the confidence in self that the Page is asking me to have. The Sun shines its light upon my will. As though the dawn is breaking ...anew.
As I start this new journey, I will have to let go of what I've been told is 'right' and remember that in the heart of my soul I know the truth. Beyond the space of ego and dogma, I am connected to the source of all truths, and it runs through me. I will have to unlearn and relearn on this journey, again, leaving behind the outside systems and returning within. I will have to remember that the best truths are shared.
Still nestled in here safely, I can see in my mind's eye, the light breaking across in the morning as I stretch my wings, and ready myself to learn to fly again. I can see clearly, that I will find that state of being....where I am fully self-expressed, shining, and wielding my pen proudly. Ready to BE the author, the universe and I, co-creating the most amazing tale we've ever heard.
This adventure is going to be epic.
The Fool's Correspondences
Keywords: freedom, new beginnings, potential, trust, hope.
Colors: bright pale yellow, sky blue, flecked gold, blue emerald green.
Animal: Butterflies and insects
Plant: fern and dill
Stone: topaz, chalcedony, tin, clear quartz
Incense: pine, fir, grass
A recipe to honour the Fool
Especially perfect, as we are sitting in the space at the end of the year and the beginning of the next - this recipe uses both beets from the World card, and the Dill from the Fool. A perfect circle, if you will.
Beets with dill yogurt
Makes 4 servings
- 6 medium beets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1 lemon
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt, sour cream, or vegan yogurt
- 1 garlic clove, very finely minced
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- Flaky sea salt, for garnish
- Freshly ground black pepper, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350
Remove any greens and scrub the beets under warm water.
Peel and chop beets into 1 inch cubes, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the beets for 20-30 minutes until easily pierced with a fork.
Meanwhile, grate the zest of the lemon and reserve it; then cut the lemon into wedges.
In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, garlic, and half of the dill, and the lemon zest. Drizzle the dressing over the beets and top with the remaining dill, flaky sea salt, and lots of black pepper.
Share with friends, and enjoy the light earthiness of the dish.
Let me know what you think!
As always, thank you all for being here. I hope you find (or create) the time and space to honour yourself this new moon.
May your hours, days, and weeks be filled with joy, and may you strike up your pen and write your Likely Tale.
All my love,