Full Moon Cycle of Leo
January 20- February 18
Planetary ruler Uranus
The theme or lesson of The Full Moon Cycle of Leo is polarity and the battle of wills with particular focus on male power and initiation, if female initiation is mensruation and motherhood then as day follows night men must have their own forms of exclusively male initiations. Many male trials of manhood are not involuntary like the female's. but relate more to physical and mental competition. See how the cards relate to the theme of polarity and masculine rites of passage.
The painting for the Chariot depicts the Sphinx, with the likeness of King Khafre, facing the east. The sphinx by itself faces the rising sun during the Equinoxes of the year. The great sphinx was known in later times as Horemakhet, Horus on the Horizon. This name alludes to Egypt's ancient sun god Horus which is closely associated with the kings of Egypt.
The New Moon in Aquarius- International relations
The image for the 7 of Wands is of an 18th century European fur trader doing business with two woodland Natives. During the 18th century the rivers were the roadways to trade the heavily wooded lands were impenetrable.When European hunger for spices and gold first drove them to seek alternative routes to China and they happened upon, 'The New World,' survival would have been impossible without the help of the indigenous people who lived there.In the late 15th century European life was enriched by contact with the 'New World'. While the indigenous people were enriched by European trade goods, they were also decimated by European diseases as well as murder and in some cases, slavery. As time passed more European people came to the New World seeking freedom and independence.
Some people view change in a positive way; change as growth, while others see change as loss, loss of control, loss of the way things have always been, the loss of security.
In a Reading: This card suggests that you have the advantage even though you are out numbered. You will only be able to maintain your advantage if you stay mindful of your personal position and keep your focus. Understanding and sensitivity to the perceptions and needs of others will keep the peace.
The First Quarter Moon in Taurus- Victory over dis-ease
The image for six of wands is the snowy owl descending to capture his nearly undetectable prey. The owl has been a symbol for death, for wisdom, for stealth, for seeing in the dark and for not being able to be deceived. This owl represents the defeat of a foe bringing freedom, and healing through wisdom. The foe is the vermin living below the snow that would eat away the winter's precious grain stores. Only the owl (or possibly the cat) has hearing that is good enough to find these villains of the storehouse. Mice and other small vermin can be the source for the spread of disease. The winter helps to ease the populations of bacteria and viruses in the outer world but the world of indoors must be kept clean to retard the spread of disease. Winter is a good time for purification of the domicile. Rest and eat right to promote health.
In a Reading: The card signifies success in battle and victory over disease, a healthy immune system and the ability to recognize deception.
Traditional tarot meaning: victory
The Full Moon in Leo- Fraternity over patriotism
The image for the King of Wands is the Freemason John Hancock paging through a book which contains a diagram of the large excavated chalk drawing called 'The Rude Man'. John Hancock was a part of a fraternity of men. This group of men called the freemasons had a brotherhood that was so strong it was enough to overthrow the 'sacred sovereignty' of King George of England. This was no small feat. John Hancock and his compadres risked their very lives declaring independence from England, their pens were mightier than swords and the document was the first step to living under their own rule. The picture hanging behind up on the wall behind Hancock is Hercules. The trials of Hercules were one of the first writings showing incidences of male rites. The Herculean tales were the first signs of men's imitation of goddess culture usurping her months for his 12 tasks. Hercules was made to go through 12 labors one for each month of the year.The first of his labors was to slay a Lion.
In a Reading: This card signifies the politician, the writer, the wordsmith, the poet, the idealist, the humanitarian, the public speaker, the activist, lodge member. A man with political ideals and ambition. He has the ability to work with others for the sake of humanity. It is also the genius that buds from the common man.
Traditional tarot meaning: a blond man from out of town, and the zodiac sign Sagittarius.
The Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio- The Mock Battle
The image for the 5 of Wands is an old man and a young boy playing chess. The old man has been the chess master but in time the young boy will grow in skill inventing new strategies out maneuvering and overtaking his master's moves. Outside the window a winter snowstorm rages while swelling buds cling to saplings. Symbolically this card represents the mock battle between winter and summer.
This card in fact represents the mock battle of all polarities. Fertility and Infertility, Light and Darkness, Ignorance and Enlightenment. It is through these polarities that progress is made, it is through the challenge that competence is aroused, personality defined and clarified. It is through the clash of opposites that purposes of individuals are exposed, allegiances are forged and the human race matures. Though it may seem as if the repression of 'winter 'will never relinquish its chilling grip on humanity it is only a matter of time before 'spring' takes root.
Traditional tarot meaning: mock battle
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