The next Full Moon takes place on the day of the solstice (summer in the Northern hemisphere, winter in the Southern hemisphere). In the UK, the exact time of the solstice is 11.34 PM and the exact time of the Full Moon is 12.02 PM. The Moon is full in 29 degrees Sagittarius. The 29th degree is known to carry the fulness of the lessons of the sign it is in and even has karmic overtones.
The astrological term for this degree is ‘anaretic’ which means destructive. This is because we have to get a pass for the final test for the sign in question if we wish to progress on our path. However, the ego tendency, can be to give the Universe two fingers up and run the other way instead, especially we have not sought clarity through prayer and meditation along the way.
Add to this already very potent energy affecting the visionary sign of Sagittarius that we are all still touched by the ongoing mutable grand cross and you should not be surprised if you feel that there is lot happening right now, yet you seem to be unable to move forward. The natural motion of mutable signs is darting and flitting, moving quickly but not necessarily affecting great change… or at least not visible change until we can harness the mutability and make it work for us.
At this point we are asked to revisit the past again, to see what else we need to release in order to move forward. This is also part and parcel of Mars still being retrograde, so be patient as much of 2016 is actually about releasing and clearing away to make room for the new rather than charging ahead.
Don’t allow yourself to be pulled off in strange new directions by your sense of urgency. The urgency itself is just a wake-up call to let you know that some of the things you are doing (or some of the people you are surrounding yourself with) just aren’t right for you. This doesn’t mean you have to throw out the baby with the bath water. Especially do not take action on days leading up to this lunation when you may feel like quitting everything because ‘What’s the point?’ – There is a point… You just can’t see it yet, my dear.
Sun in Gemini opposing this Full Moon also tells us that we need to wait for more information to surface before we can move forward, full steam ahead… So… what (if anything) do we have working for us?
All this mutable energy makes for fertile soil for future projects. Think of this phase as plowing, digging and fertilising… AND, because it is also the solstice, the veil between worlds is thinner than usual on the day, so please do ask your guardian angels and spirit guides for help – especially with regards to any missing pieces of information you may still be waiting for. Do ask for divine intervention if you feel self-destructive tendencies rear their ugly heads. Those kinds of prayers are always answered. In fact I’m saying a prayer for anyone reading this right now…
Holy Mother-Father God, at times we feel like we exist inside a pressure boiler and the top is about to blow. Please help us all find healthy outlets for all the steam that is building now and wait to move forward until the mist clears. Help us to clearly see the consequences of our actions and guide us toward ever greater clarity about our purpose. Amen and So It Is!
If there ever was a GREAT time to have a Tarot reading for greater clarity, the time is now. That is why I was instructed to create a bespoke Tarot spread for this lunation…
The Anaretic Full Moon Tarot Spread
- Which aspect of your life is being challenged by this anaretic lunation?
- What are you called to move away from to become more fully aligned with your Life Purpose?
- What are you called to move toward to become more fully aligned with your Vision?
- -6. Guidance from your Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels on how to navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of all that is happening around you at this point in time. Card number four is action advice and 5-6 show you things that may be currently be hidden from view with regards to the aspect most affected/challenged by this lunation.
Make this your mantra over the next few days: All change is good, even when it is mostly happening beneath the surface.
The Archangels to invoke for this lunation are Gabriel (ruler of Moon and Monday) and Sachiel (ruler of Sagittarius). The corresponding Tarot cards are…
Archangel Gabriel: The High Priestess
Archangel Sachiel: The Wheel of Fortune
Work with the High Priestess to connect with what is hidden and needs to be perceived psychically. Use the Wheel of Fortune to put the wheels in motion to take you in the right direction and Temperance for clarity of vision.
You can charge any or all of these cards and place them on your altar for the Full Moon. Create an angelic invocation with your own words as using your own words of power is always more powerful than relying on ready-made formulas.
This was all so spot on for me, so thank you so much for this post. And thank you so much for your Big Juicy books.
1. Knight of Swords + Nine of Wands
3. The Moon
4. Ten of Cups
5. Four of Pentacles
6. Nine of Cups
So I’m in a bad situation at the moment, and really not seeing any light at the end of the tunnel. I had a bunch of bad blows lately, which has pretty much completely depleted my energy and faith, as well as my bank account. I have been trying incantations, affirmations, positive thinking, anything, and just gotten knock back after knock back. So I understand this is telling me I need to get my faith back. I am definitely at the Death phase and it pretty much was right on the solstice that I just gave up on trying to bring positive change into my life.
So this is why I don’t really understand The Moon. Maybe it means I should follow my intuition, listen to my dreams, follow my dreams. It’s also a card of delusion, which is what I felt was actually happening, that I was deluding myself with my incantations, affirmations and positive thinking. They weren’t working, in fact, seemed to bring the exact opposite. So I decided I needed to stop, stop listening to my gut, my hopes, or my dreams, and just look at the truth. Be a bit more of a Knight of Swords than a Page of Cups.
Thanks again for all your guidance, articles and posts
It is always helpful to read the cards in context of each other rather than separately, especially the ‘moving toward’ and ‘action advise’ cards… They both correspond with Piscean energy. I feel for you that the methods of improvement you have tried and which failed, did so because you are not facing your biggest fears/delusions head on… and THAT is what the Moon + 10 of Pisces are asking of you. As you engage in this process, embracing what is and start freeing your mind from fear-based delusions, you will be able to restore a sense of joy + stability (4 of Pentacles + 9 of Cups). The 10 of Cups as a remedy helps us understand how we are all connected to each other and that, effectively, what you wish for any other living being, you also wish for yourself <3
Yes, fear-based delusions seem to be all around at the moment, not just in my life. Thank you for the 10 of Cups interpretation. I hadn’t thought of it that way. I have been hermiting myself away based on fear, and very much need to reconnect with friends and family, and all connected to the Death/Rebirth and healing. Thank you so much for the new perspective.
We can only ever be responsible for our own delusions. The good news is that facing them with complete honesty can set us FREE, no matter what the circumstance. Blessings
Holy schnikes, you’re Good!! Thank you so much for this added insight; it rings true for me in a very profound way. Thank you so much. Much love to you. <3
Thank you, Kate 🙂 <3
Thank you for your insights Lisa, your spread is spot on. I continue to be inspired and improved from your work.
You’re welcome! Glad you enjoy the posts 🙂 Blessed Be!
One more idea on the 3 Pents– Maybe related to my fears and the moon card, maybe I am afraid to do artistic things, to get creative and become an artisan…been toying with dancing again, going back to school to be a teacher, or learning to be a tarot reader…maybe I need to kick any fear and hone a craft???
Hi Lisa, great spread; thanks for all you do!
1. The Moon (facing a ton of fears at this time, and trying to connect spiritually and also do dream work)
2. 8 Earth (Pents) stuck on this one. I’m supposed to Stop working so hard? I’ve been a stay-home mom for 8 years, thinking about the next phase when my kids are both in school till 3 each day. Not sure what to do with myself, but this card confuses me…
3. 8 Air (Swords) again, not a good thing to go toward: self-imposed worry and limitation, but I’m taking it like this is what I do, and I just need to make the Choice to be free, to feel joy
4. Queen of Air ( Swords) be more like this queen, make objective decisions without being overly emotional, use the wisdom I’ve gained over the years, get rid of what I don’t need/want anymore
5. 7 Earth (Pents) seeds are planted, but not yet sprouting, have patience and faith
6. 3 Earth (Pents) this is the other card, besides the 8 Pents that I am stuck on. Things brimming beneath the surface are working in my favor? We’re considering a move, work-related for my husband, and we don’t have the exact offers yet and are in limbo, so maybe he is about to get recognition for his great work and get a great offer? We just don’t have it on the table quite yet? Or is this card about me, specifically? If so, I don’t know how to read it.
Thank you so much for any insights!!
Hi Kate, 8 of Pentacles could be about being caught up in too much detail and missing the bigger picture – meditation and facing your self-limiting thoughts is the way forward as prescribed by the 8 of Swords. The Moon is a wonderful ‘solvent’ for old fear-based thought patterns, even though it can be terrifying to have this kind of awakening… Take heart – you are not on your own! The 3 of Pentacles of being self-directed and carries an energy that will allow you to work together with others without relying on them to carry you. All the things you are thinking of doing artistically, you will stop asking for ‘permission’ for once the 7 of Pentacles has brought this energy to maturation. Blessed Be!
Hi, Lisa, thank you for this interesting spread! The cards that I drew seem very accurate, but somehow I can’t exactly pinpoint their advice to me.
1. Queen of swords (reversed)
2. Ace of swords
3. Temperance (reversed)
4. 8 of pentacles
5. The Hierophant
6. 3 of cups (reversed)
I’m indeed a little bit bitter and resentful (Queen of swords reversed) towards a situation in my life, in which I feel I’ve been giving too much of myself and getting nothing in return. I used to get 6 of pentacles reversed all the time. Also sometimes I see this Queen when reversed as feeling inferior to others or unsure if you can cope with a situation. So from what I gather, the cards are telling me to quit waiting for clarity, truth and new ideas to come to me (Ace of swords) and to keep on going even though it seems as if I’m making too many compromises and there is no real long-term potential in this situation (Temperance reversed)… I’m not sure about those two, to be honest.
I read the 8 of pentacles as a need to keep doing the work, showing up every day and improving my skills. The Hierophant and 3 of cups reversed perfectly describe the situation as it relates to groups and me being the teacher (Hierophant) even though I was hoping for more of a team effort and synergy (Temperance). The reversed 3 of cups, I think, seconds that notion for people’s reluctance to interact within the group, but to me this card sometimes also denotes selfishness and expecting emotional support from others, but not providing such yourself. I wonder if there is something else that I’m not seeing in the cards?
Hi there, Bepa. I don’t read with reversals. I agree – Temperance reversed (in the traditional meaning) is not something any of us would wish to move toward… so rather than reading with binary upright or reversed meanings, please consider the full spectrum of meanings. The Ace of Swords could mean too strong a focus on the intellect and a need to be right (to compensate for a lack of confidence) – especiall next to the Qeuen of Swords. It is possible that Temperance is reversed because of difficulties of working together with others and that this issue is now surfacing in a way that forces you to resolve it. Now that would be a good thing, if not pleasant. Full Moon Blessings, Lisa
That makes a lot of sense actually, especially the need to be right, stemming from the lack of confidence. Thank you very much for your take on my cards, it’s very helpful!
You’re welcome! Full Moon/Solstice Blessings <3
Thank you! I will try to interpret my cards first, time online as a matter of practice 🙂
1. Ace of pentacles
2. Page of pentacles
3. 9 of wands and also 8 of cups fell down
4. The tower
5. 5 of pentacles
6. The Chariot
My ability to accept presents of life is challenged, starting a new life, new manifestations. Earth, archangel Uriel! I am living behind feeling of helplessness and not knowing which direction to go. I am moving towards the culmination of fire allowing myself to be creative, bold, authentic, without fear of being completely as I am. I am moving towards open heart, truth in myself and lack of bitterness. The action card is supporting the cards before and suggests me to destroy illusions and be free of things which I no longer need, to let go of old paradigm. What is hidden is to ground myself and to look for the answers within, to find peace within. It seems that it is totally ok for me to take holidays exactly where I wish and how I wish 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Yum 🙂
This is a magnificent article!!! Thank you so very much! Blessed be!!!
You’re welcome! Blessed Be! 🙂
My reading may telling me to move out of the mystery and get out there, be bright and shiny, take action on my dreams, and be a bit cautious.
Possible a love interest?
OK, I can kinda’ see where you are coming from. Next time please provide a card by card interpretation of what you see. As the first card is a courtier, I feel the rest of the courtiers are about you rather than a love interest. The issue at hand is your own personal development and the fact you have two more Wands courtier in the ‘what’s hidden from view’ positions tells me that you have more Fire available than you give yourself credit for. Once you own your masculine energy, you will take a quantum leap from Page (noob) to King of Wands (Master of the Element of Fire). Blessings, Lisa
Thanks Lisa…I have much to learn!
Love, Light and Blessings!
You’re very welcome <3
1. Queen of Wands
2. High Priestess
3. The Empress
4. Knight of Pentacle
5. Page of Wands
6. King of Wands
My skills are a bit corroded, but I think I have a small feeling about this.
I would really appreciate feedback from anyone who see’s something I don’t. In Gratitude and Love,
Hi Margie, it’s OK if you feel a bit rusty but you still need to provide your own interpretation with the spread and let us know which bit(s) you are stuck on. Cheers, Lisa
Wow, here is what I got –
1. The Devil
2. 6 of swords
3. 5 of pentacles
5. 2 of swords
6. Ace of Wands
I have been considering making big changes in my current relationship and I feel this spread is telling me I have the resources I need to do so and to not be afraid of this change. And to keep my eyes wide open through the process…
Any feedback would be sublime….Thank-you Lisa
Hi there, could you elaborate and tell us where you are stuck here? What is it you see yourself moving away from and toward (cards 2+3) How do you interpret Justice (card 4) as ‘action advice’ here. Please provide your own interpretation, as far as you got and then we can work together on the rest. Cheers
Moving away from a relationship that is full of drama to a place where material wealth is not as important as my peace of mind. I’m seeing justice as a balance card, meaning going back to a more balanced life in terms of where I put my energy. Justice may also mean a legal separation as well. And card 6 I see as finally being able to start on my creative project that I’ve been wanting to do since forever. This is as far as I have gotten – thank-you!
I’m not sure I understand this interpretation. I can understand The Devil for a toxic relationship… but card number two (what you need to move away for), you seem to have interpreted as actually moving away…? I get that it is tricky when you have a positive card in a negative position and vice versa for card 3 but that is what you are dealing with here. Please try again!
I see what you’re saying. Card 2 is telling me to move away from certain thinking patterns (swords), not actually moving away. Maybe being more creative in how I deal with him???? Card 3 is telling me I have more resources than I may have considered and to quit acting like a victim. the 2 of swords has me a little baffled? Is there something I am not willing to look at or face? It is confusing because I am feeling a certain way and that is coloring how I am reading the cards.
The 6 of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius) as something to move away from, I would see as moving away from being in a state of denial/detachment from what is actually going on. The 5 of Pentacles, I would see quite literally as asking for help from either a spiritual or legal adviser, perhaps both. The 2 of Swords is about the need to align your mind with your heart. It’s almost as if you are energetically cut off at the neck because you can’t accept what you are having to deal with. I feel for you. And of course… the way you feel always colours the way we read the cards. Since this is SUCH a big deal to you right now, it is probably best to ask someone you trust to read for you. Blessings, Lisa