Our resident spirituality expert Rory Lula McMahan offers up her monthly insight into what this new moon cycle holds for you – and how to make it work for you.

The Deck: The Moonchild Tarot

The Draw: 4 of Cups, 5 of Pentacles, Ace of Cups

The Vibration: There are divine gifts available to us now, truths and possibilities that could change everything about everything. But if we can only focus on the petty desires and jealousies of what we see before our human eyes, we rob ourselves of the ability to expand out into our soul vision where destiny itself awaits. Don’t be unrealistic about what you want out of the existence right in front of you, nor about the shortcomings and hungerings which you can cure – but also make sure that you are opening yourself to the unexpected, overflowing offerings being handed to you by the universe to create the life you are actually capable of living. The comparisons you make between yourself and others hold little real value, but the comparisons you make between your current self and your best possible self can unlock your path and show you your road to actual happiness. The lunar gateways that this cycle is revealing will allow you to step back from the distracting details of what isn’t yours and finally catch a glimpse of the whole expanse that is. Take in all you can – the beauty of this view will be the catalyst that pushes you towards pursuing your very own way at last.

The Intention: You aren’t imagining that some of the people and situations you currently have in your life are not actually good for you. Don’t get caught up in how unfair that is – just get rid of them. The time for pretending that toxic people are just misguided or that abusive environments are just mismanaged is over, and the time for walking away from both is here. But the amazing thing is, once you do, once you tear yourself away from the strange magnetism of drama and strife, of negativity and betrayal, you are going to discover that you have people and places ready to welcome you with unbelievably open arms. Your eyes have been focused down on the ground for so long because they have needed to be, and it has been important to just put one foot in front of the other. But that is about to change. You are about to break free and look up – and when you do, you will see a community that is honest, loving, and kind. One that will truly support you. One that has, quite simply, been waiting for you to arrive.

The Affirmation: I deserve the best life has to offer.

The Ritual: You will need five yellow or gold candles, a beautiful wine glass, a small pretty dish, a jar of high-quality honey (with comb if possible), and an excellent bottle of white wine or your favorite special occasion non-alcoholic drink.

Open the wine, arrange the candles on your altar or table in a crescent shape, and then place some honeycomb into the dish and generously cover it with honey. Enjoy the process, being sure to lick your fingers when they get sticky and appreciating the beauty of this glittering thick gold. Light the candles and get comfortable. Breathe in deeply, and as you breathe out, release any stress, sadness, or anxiety you are carrying. Repeat five times.

Now slowly fill your glass with wine, watching the candle flames reflect and flicker across and within it and the honey before you. Take a moment to appreciate and be fully present with this sensory sacred reality of transformation, abundance, richness, and sweetness. Breathe deeply again, and allow yourself to fill completely with the doubtless knowledge that this – this – is what you truly deserve in your life, what you welcome into your life, what you claim from this moment forward as your life. Reach into the dish and bring some honey to your lips, a declaration of your divine worth. Drink deeply from your chalice, a declaration of your right to overflowing happiness. Now kick back, relax, and enjoy yourself. Nothing is in your way any longer, and nothing can hold you back anymore.

For the rest of this cycle, keep the ritual jar of honey out on your table or in a place where you see it regularly. At least once a day, open it and take a taste, calling in the sweetness of life and your rightful abundances within it.

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