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- Mystic Mondays Tarot Deck

The Draw:  6 of Pentacles, 7 of Swords, 2 of Pentacles

The Vibration:  It is very important to find balance this cycle between giving and receiving. Although you will be drawn towards sharing your abundant gifts freely now – whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual – you must remember that you will not be able to support others if you give away much too much of yourself. There is a delicate line between nourishing what you love in upliftment and completely draining your spirit in detriment. This is not about holding back or pulling away from the causes and people that matter most to you. Instead, this month asks you to give incredibly generously but also refill incredibly generously too, to expand out into the world but also claim gentle time away from it, to feed the masses and also remember to feed yourself. When you connect with the flow of manifestation, you understand that having is brought forward by releasing; yet it is somehow so easy to forget to then allow back in what you have offered out – love, rest, quiet, friendship, support, resource, community.  But you must. Let it in completely, and do not dare tell yourself you don’t deserve it or haven’t earned it or can’t accept it. Fill until you are not just full but are spilling over once more. After all, the mastery of flow is understanding that in soulfully giving away, you have room to receive again and again and again.  

The Intention:  Stand in the beauty of the spaces you have, the choices you have, and the life you have. Becoming mesmerized by the apparent wealth of others, physical or spiritual, will not create your own in this cycle or, in fact, ever. Instead it will create resentment, and negativity, and depletion. And though it may seem right now that in the short-term there are ways to sneak what is out there for yourself or to manipulate a small portion away, in the long-term any shortcuts you take towards your growth will lead to disappointment. And even worse, you won’t be facing someone else’s disappointment in you. You will be you facing your own disappointment in yourself. You must walk with inner integrity because that is the only way to walk your path. As humans, it is possible to clearly rationalize so many of the small, lower-vibe choices we make – it was only a little white lie; it isn’t really hurting anyone; it will never be missed. Yet deep down, you know that everything you do has a ripple, and though the ripple fades, the pebble you throw into the water to create it becomes a part of your foundation. This month, very consciously choose the high road and do not – even in small ways – act upon your fear of lack and wanting.  Trust the connection, balance, and bounty of your very own sacred life.

Affirmation: I am deeply grateful for all I have.

The Ritual:  Gather a sheet of blue paper, a pen, and two coins of the same value. If you wish to altar your ritual space, consider adding two small vases of matching flowers at each upper corner of your table, a balance scale, two blue candles, and for stones choose jade or amethyst.

When you are ready, close your eyes and take six deep, slow breaths. As you do so, visualize a chaotic, swirling, spinning spiral gently transforming into a single, whole, still circle. 

Open your eyes, and very intentionally draw an infinity symbol on your paper. Trace over it a few times, feeling the looping, eternal, even flow created by this balance of energy. Know that this is the sacred exchange that is constantly flowing in your own life – your path, your growth, your giving and receiving, always connecting outward and always returning inward to center again. Once you have connected to this image, set down your pen and place the paper in front of you with one loop to the left and one loop to the right.

Now take a coin in each hand. Breathe deeply again as you invite gratitude and love to pour through your crown chakra, down through your heart, and out through your palms into the metal until you feel the coins becoming warm. Then place them simultaneously into the center of each side of your symbol as you say, “My life is in beautiful balance. I trust the always-renewing wealth of my own path. I fill when I give, and I fill when I receive.”

Take some time to sit quietly while you continue to fill with peace, gratitude, and trust in both your ability to manifest and your ability to share, a beautiful loop of ever-expanding abundance. 

Leave the coins as they are on your altar when you are at home so that their visual presence keeps you aligned with this month’s intention, but consider taking your coins with you as you move through this lunar cycle out in the world. You can place one in the bottom of each shoe so that each step becomes a prayer, or keep them in your pocket or an amulet pouch around your neck so their energy is carried with you wherever you go.

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