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Want to Know the Energies You Can Expect from This New Moon?

A Special Message About Manifestation Grid From Reverend Pauline Southard

The July 20, 2020 Cancer New Moon arrives on Monday afternoon for those of us on the east coast of the USA. In the middle of these very odd times, we are presented with an unusual New Moon. This New Moon will once again be in the sign of Cancer. Usually, we have the New and Full Moons in a different sign every month. The second New Moon in a sign is called a Black Moon as the second Full Moon in the same sign gives rise to the saying “once in a blue moon.”

I thought it was an omen filled with portent that in the middle of these very difficult times, we are served a double dose of Cancer, the ultimate maternal energy. I believe that there will be an even more vigorous debate about the role government plays in meeting the social and health needs of America’s citizens. The failings of our social safety net will become even more apparent as the lunar cycle wears on. It will become even more obvious that all of us are truly our brother’s and sisters’ keepers as the Covid-19 virus rages on across America. We will be forced to acknowledge that if one of us is sick, we are all in danger of becoming ill. Neither wealth nor social position will keep anyone safe.

 Prior to the pandemic, illness may have destroyed an individual’s life, but it certainly didn’t affect all of us. Now, with so many people becoming ill with Covid-19, each of us is at risk of contracting the virus and possibly dying or becoming very ill even if we have the best health care money can buy.

Unlike almost all other first world countries, the USA ties health insurance to employment. The current unemployment rate is 11.1%, down from a staggering rate of 14% in April. Five million people have either lost their health insurance or didn’t find any other alternative. Health insurance is especially crucial right now. The current administration is still continuing its efforts to destroy Obama care health insurance during this national health crisis.  Uninsured people are more likely to not seek medical treatment until their situation is dire. Additionally, many people who simply won’t eat unless they work will continue to go to work even if they have symptoms because they don’t have any other choice. Unfortunately, they will be spreading the virus to all they contact, in whatever form that is. We can expect major increases in the rates of personal and business bankruptcies as well until these problems are solved.  Ultimately without wise and careful planning this will push our country into recession/ depression.

The chart of this New Moon quite clearly shows us how these battles shape up. Every New Moon is a conjunction where the Sun and Moon merge together in the sky fusing their energies. An exact joining gives us a solar eclipse, thankfully not this month!

Traditionally, the Sun is the male principle and the Moon is the female principle. The Moon rules Cancer, so this month, her energy will dominate. Taken as a whole this New Moon represents each of us as an individual. This New Moon opposes Saturn, who is classically seen as the strict authority figure. Saturn is in rulership in Capricorn and so very strong in his influence. Saturn will represent the federal and state governments. So, we will see the needs of the individual vs. the power of the state.

 Oppositions are exactly what they sound like, opposing forces battling it out. The New Moon team also has the asteroid Hygeia, whose domain is health and hygiene. Hygeia has been prominent in all the New Moon charts since the pandemic started. Mercury the messenger completes the team. On the other side Saturn is joined by Pluto, the ruler of the underworld and Jupiter who will simply magnify all of these conflicting energies. Expect a hard fought battle over the issues of health care and all aspects of the social safety net. I believe that the majority of this energy will be channeled through the lens of the next stimulus package that will be taken up in Congress during this lunar cycle. It will not be a pretty picture.

As this New Moon occupies the ninth house for those of us who live in the northeast corridor, expect to see headlines about the best way to educate our children this fall. It is clear to me that the debate could turn quite nasty. All levels of education will be affected. Travel restrictions will also become a very sore subject as more countries deny entry to US citizens.

The courts are also the domain of the ninth house. As I write this, Ruth Bader Ginsberg has announced that she has lesions on her liver. I hope that she regains her health and the other members of the Supreme Court will remain healthy.

 At its heart, the ninth house of the chart encourages us to look at the very big picture and ask, “Why am I here?, What is my purpose?, What are my values?” This New Moon will offers some very concrete opportunities to answer these questions in ways that truly reflect what matters to us and who we want to be.

 It’s a great time to go to the beach when it is quiet and meditate down by the shoreline. Cancer’s gift to us is the ability to tap into our intuitive and psychic nature. We may receive unexpected answers. The more we can take a personal time out during this lunar cycle, the more prepared we will be for the upcoming fall season.

For this Cancer Black New Moon, I once again turned to The SpiritSong Tarot deck created by Paulina Cassidy. The art is beautiful and delicate yet imparts strong and powerful shamanic messages and wisdom. Ms. Cassidy tells us that this deck is a melding of two traditions: one where animals are seen as spiritual helpers that enable us to bridge the gap between our world and the spirit world and one that uses 78 cards as a tool to connect us with our higher selves.

I am starting to love this gentle yet profound deck during these challenging times.  I asked the cards, “What do we need to know or do to flow harmoniously with the energies of this New Moon and manifest its most positive potential?”  I received the Six of Feathers as an answer. In this deck, the Six of Feathers shows us a beautiful soft rendition of a dragonfly. Ms. Cassidy tells us that this card represents transition and insight. “Focus on where you want to be. A new perspective will recharge your vitality. In moving through the mists of change, you will find your true power.”

For me dragonflies are always magical. Dragonflies are always found near water, a vital part of their life cycle. I love the synchronicity of the dragonfly card with the Cancer New Moon whose element is water! Try to notice the dragonflies that cross your path and ask if they have any message for you. You might be surprised!

 “Four Elements” by Essential Essences is my choice of incense for this New Moon. I am depending on it to help me stay balanced and centered in the midst of this stormy lunation.

Traditionally I put two or three special crystals into the Manifestation Grid that help us to work with the astrological energies of the current New Moon. These additional crystals will energize the Grid and make it even more effective since I choose crystals that reflect the energy of the totality of the chart not just the sign that the New Moon is in. I would encourage you to work with them as well since they are perfect for this lunar cycle. I love the energy of both of these crystals and I hope that you will enjoy them as well.

Rose Quartz is the ultimate soothing healing giver of unconditional love that exists in the crystal realm. She is the natural choice for this Cancer New Moon. I always have several smaller pieces of rose quartz in the Grid, but I intend to find a special larger piece for this month. At home I have been meditating with several larger pieces I purchased at Karma several years ago. Just lovely!

The Abalone Shell is a lovely addition to our Manifestation Grid this month. It reminds us of our connection to the ocean, the mother of all life. Abalone helps us to handle and calm emotional situations. Its ability to gently cleanse our chakras is especially useful during this watery New Moon.

I have been so grateful for the overwhelming positive response to the Manifestation Grid that I started seven years ago. I love seeing people put their requests into the grid and hearing about all the positive results so many of you have had. Now it is possible to either use the Manifestation Grid in person when you come in to Karma or you may continue to put your requests into the Grid at a distance as you have been doing during the time that the store was closed.

Archangel Metatron, my primary guide had channeled this method to help you to put your requests in remotely:

#1- Please write your intentions on a piece of paper with the date, feeling love in your heart as you do OR for ANY positive purpose whatsoever!

#2- Visualize yourself accomplishing your desire. (I would certainly appreciate if you could also request the disappearance of the Corona Virus and the quick healing of ALL of those affected and the healing of all inequality and hate ), feeling love in your heart as you do OR for ANY positive purpose whatsoever!

#3- Using the picture on the Karma website, intend to put your request into the grid just as you would if you were in the store. Archangel Metatron has told me that he will help you to make that happen. You do NOT need to be good at visualizing! Every morning I will be charging the Grid with long distance Reiki and other powerful energies to help make your wishes come true.

#4- When you feel that the process is complete you may either dispose of the paper or put it on your altar, refrigerator or paste it into your journal. It is helpful but not necessary to spend a few minutes every day for the next thirty days repeating Step 3. Your intentions will be active in the Grid for the next 30 days. !

 I am so happy that A Time for Karma is now open. Our wonderful owner, Vonda and our fabulous staff have done a terrific job to make sure your shopping experience is both magical AND safe!

Karma is where my heart is. Although all of the readers are still reading from home at this time, it is possible to connect with all of us by visiting A Time for Karma’s reader page, https://atimeforkarma.com/spiritual-counselors/ to arrange a reading.

 I have been deeply touched by the positive feedback at I have gotten from my phone clients. Although I started my career as a reader working as a phone psychic many years ago, I have read almost exclusively at Karma in person for the last 20 years. I have found that there has been an incredible amount of high vibrational information that is coming through now during my phone readings. Reading for all of you has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  You can connect with me either by e-mail: karmickat@aol.com or by cell: 516-445-4242.

Wishing you a peaceful and harmonious Cancer New Moon. May you discover new ways to bring peace, joy and the magic of the dragonfly into your life during this lunar cycle.

A special thank you to The Crystal Vaults online crystal encyclopedia for their extensive information about crystals. It is unusual to find a site that is so comprehensive.

Rev. Pauline Southard – Pauline is an astrologer, tarot reader, teacher, psychic, medium and Reiki Master.  She also has a vast knowledge of aromatherapy, crystals, energy healing and maintains a thriving practice.

Last Month's New Moon Message

The New Moon in Cancer on June 21, 2020 arrives in the wee hours of Sunday morning for those of us on the east coast of the USA. Several hours before this New Moon, the Sun enters Cancer and astronomical summer begins for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. This New Moon is EVEN more intense and complex than last month’s Gemini New Moon as befits the watery, sensitive sign of Cancer.

Cancer is the first of the three water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Cancer represents The Mother archetype in the zodiac. She is sensitive, empathic and nurturing. She will protect her children no matter what! She can be private and seem quite reserved until there is a need to defend those she is protecting. Her wisdom comes from the place beyond words. She just simply knows.

If you are lucky enough to have a Cancer in your life who loves you, you are So blessed. Your Cancer will make sure you eat a wonderful meal, be there for you with quiet understanding and make a day at the beach an experience you will treasure forever. Cancer values family and home above all else. Cancer can be summed up with the phrase,”I feel.”

When Cancerian energy is used unskillfully, it can become possessive, overly cautious and insecure. Visualize smother mother and you will get the picture.

This New Moon chart offers up an incredible amount of action, complexity and depth.  For starters, this New Moon gives us one of the year’s solar eclipses. Eclipses typically happen twice a year. They present themselves in pairs with a solar and lunar eclipse in each pair of eclipses. Eclipse energy tends to be very intense. While lunar eclipses typically bring up strong emotional reactions, solar eclipses cause dramatic events, both in our personal lives and globally. So buckle up your seatbelt, it’s bound to be a bumpy ride! We begin to feel the energy of eclipses several weeks before the actual eclipse date and its effects continue gradually growing weaker for several weeks after. However, during this eclipse cycle, this annular solar eclipse which often makes the Sun look like a ring of fire, is sandwiched between two lunar eclipses. Interesting since Cancer rules the Moon. The eclipse will be visible from Asia, China, Hong Kong and Yemen. Often the regions that see an eclipse are most affected by their energy. All three of those countries are having more of their fair share of problems now, so I anticipate lots of dramatic headlines.

During last month’s Gemini lunar cycle, I was shocked and horrified to see the murders of our fellow Americans by those who are supposed to protect and serve playing on my TV screen. The upwelling of continuing protest has made it impossible to just sweep these incidents under the carpet as has been done before. During this Cancer Moon cycle, expect to see women, especially women of color taking a leadership role in the fight for racial equality and justice. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, Georgia exemplifies for me the Cancerian archetype that we will see this month. After George Perry Floyd was killed, she said, “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt.” TJ Ducklo, a spokesman for Joe Biden praised Bottoms’ guidance of her city. “Her passion, her empathy and her strong and steady leadership are shining through during this difficult moment, and the city of Atlanta is lucky to have her leading the way.” Cancer at her finest!

As I went deeper into the murky waters of this chart, I noticed that the New Moon Solar Eclipse is closely conjunct the asteroid Hygeia. Hygeia is exactly what you would expect from her name- a Goddess whose sphere of influence is concerned with health and hygiene. She was prominent in last month’s chart as well. I believe that we will hear more news, censored though it may be about the new cases of Coronavirus in China. Given this turbulent chart, it would not surprise me if China needs to reinstate some form of modified lockdown of its people and economy. Here in the USA, Corona Virus will continue to be an incredibly divisive issue going far beyond the suffering it will cause.

Just to add some more confusion, Mercury went retrograde on June 18 a few days before this Cancer New Moon. Mercury will resume forward motion on July 12, 2020.  Mercury retrograde occurs three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. The common astrological advice is to reflect and plan rather than to move ahead on new projects Please, backup your computers, laptops and phones. Make sure you double and triple check plans and trips, whether they are virtual or actual. Most important, check in to see if you are communicating clearly with everyone in your life. THAT can get really tricky! Unfortunately, this will also be acted out in the public arena, further muddying the waters at a particularly tense time in American discourse. I sincerely hope that all of our politicians and public officials will think carefully before they speak.

Venus, the Goddess of Love will finally go direct on June 25, 2020 several days after the New Moon.  As I mentioned last month, during Venus retrograde cycles, it is unwise to make major investments or to start new love relationships. Although we may meet a soulmate at this time, it is better to wait until Venus moves direct again to truly start the relationship. Often, relationships begun during a Venus retrograde period will have unexpected problems and burdens.  However, it can be a GREAT time to finally release an unhappy love relationship or reflect on what we need to do to create a happier romantic life.

Although these are certainly challenging times, it is always possible to find a way to grow, learn and evolve. I find inspiration in the card that I pulled for this month’s New Moon. Ever since I began the practice of pulling a card to receive a message about the current New Moon several years ago, I have been using “Dreams of Gaia Tarot” by Ravynne Phelan exclusively. This month I was guided to use yet another new deck which is also based on shamanic tradition as was last month’s. The SpiritSong Tarot deck created by Paulina Cassidy successfully embodies the essence of this New Moon. The art is beautiful and delicate yet imparts strong and powerful shamanic messages and wisdom. Ms. Cassidy tells us that this deck is a melding of two traditions: one where animals are seen as spiritual helpers that enable us to bridge the gap between our world and the spirit world and one that uses 78 cards as a tool to connect us with our higher selves.

I pulled the Five of Acorns when I connected this New Moon Card with the SpiritSong Tarot. Initially, I was puzzled because I didn’t understand the message it was giving me. I put the card under my pillow and the next morning it all became clear. (This can be a helpful technique when the cards just don’t make sense.) In the SpiritSong deck, Acorns represent the suit of Wands, the fire element. Throughout the years, most often, the card I pull is from the element that is represented by the sign of the zodiac that the New Moon inhabits.  I always love that little piece of synchronicity. I realized when I woke up that I had been puzzled over how to reconcile all the conflicting messages that this chart was filled with. I saw then that there is absolutely no fire in this chart and tons of water plus an annular eclipse wherein the Moon steps in front of the Sun and blots him out, creating a ring of fire. This imbalance may threaten to overwhelm us with extreme emotional reactions and hypersensitivity. The number 5 in all four of the tarot suits is always about dealing with the crisis that the suit represents. Here, we see a beautiful female leopard forcefully roaring. Ms. Cassidy tell us that the 5 of Acorns is a card of challenge and growth. For me every time I turn on the news this is quite clear to me. “Leopard is here to help you to shift into your own innate power so you can pursue your goals with passion. With challenge comes spiritual growth. As you weather the storm, focus on new strategies, seeking deeper clarity and truth.” This seems like great advice on how to embody the most positive aspects of this lunar cycle.

I will be burning Essential Essences, “Mind Body Spirit Incense” to help me to stay in balance and flexible in every way. Since almost all of this New Moon’s planets are on the right side of the chart, I know that we will all be dealing with the forces of fate. The best way to navigate this month is to learn to adapt to what comes our way.

I am so sad that A Time for Karma has had to close for right now, although it is absolutely the right thing to do. I miss all the marvelous people I work with and our wonderful customers who brighten my day. I miss the joy of the fulfilling work that I do. Reading for all of you has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. 

I have been so grateful for the overwhelming positive response to the Manifestation Grid that I started six years ago. I love seeing people put their requests into the grid and hearing about all the positive results so many of you have had. I want to be able to continue that work. It has been my way of serving the community.   While meditating a few months ago, my primary guide Archangel Metatron had suggested this procedure so you can still use the power of the Grid.

#1- Please write your intentions on a piece of paper with the date, feeling love in your heart as you do OR for ANY positive purpose whatsoever!

#2- Visualize yourself accomplishing your desire. (I would certainly appreciate if you could also request the disappearance of the Corona Virus and the quick healing of ALL of those affected.), feeling love in your heart as you do OR for ANY positive purpose whatsoever!

#3- Using the picture on the Karma website, intend to put your request into the grid just as you would if you were in the store. Archangel Metatron has told me that he will help you to make that happen. You do NOT need to be good at visualizing! Every morning I will be charging the Grid with long distance Reiki and other powerful energies to help make your wishes come true.

#4- When you feel that the process is complete you may either dispose of the paper or put it on your altar, refrigerator or paste it into your journal. It is helpful but not necessary to spend a few minutes every day for the next thirty days repeating Step 3. Your intentions will be active in the Grid for the next 30 days.

Traditionally I put two or three special crystals into the Manifestation Grid that help us to work with the astrological energies of the New Moon. Since that is not possible right now, I am going to suggest some crystals that will help you to make the most positive use of this tricky Gemini New Moon. I hope you find them as wonderful as I do.

Lovely Lady Aquamarine is a throat chakra stone. She will help with all issues surrounding communication, vital during this lunar cycle. I was excited to discover that Aquamarine is a stone of breath, the respiratory tract and the lungs. She can help heal frequent coughing, colds and bronchitis. She is keeping me company as I write this column!

Fluorite is a crystal of many different appearances. It may be totally lavender/purple, all green or a mix of those two colors. I have found that for me the most effective Fluorite crystals have been a mix of purple and green. Fluorite will help us to calm ourselves and make it much easier to discern the truth about situations that seem questionable. It can help us to release suppressed emotions and comfort us as we go through the changes that this time is bringing to all of us.

Wishing you a harmonious connected New Moon. May you discover new ways to feel closer to the ones you love!

I have always felt so blessed to be a reader at A Time for Karma for the past 21 years. I miss all of you! I love you! In this very difficult time, I am available for phone readings. You can connect with me either by e-mail: karmickat@aol.com or by cell: 516-445-4242.

May all your dreams that serve your highest good become the reality you live! Rev.

A special thank you to The Crystal Vaults online crystal encyclopedia for their extensive information about crystals. It is unusual to find a site that is so comprehensive.

Rev. Pauline Southard – Pauline is an astrologer, tarot reader, teacher, psychic, medium and Reiki Master.  She also has a vast knowledge of aromatherapy, crystals, energy healing and maintains a thriving practice.

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New Moon Manifestation Ritual

During the new moon phase the moon goes from smaller to bigger so it is a great time to manifest anything you would like to increase.

Hand write a list of what you wish to manifest on a piece of paper. Be very specific!

Go outside and read your wishes aloud to the moon. Afterward thank the moon and the universe for listening.

Fold your paper and keep it in a safe and prominent place, such as your altar. Read your list daily, outside if possible, thanking the moon and the universe every time.

Do this every day until the full moon.
When the moon is full, read your list one final time, then burn it in the flame of a candle, sending it up to the universe.

Trust and know that your wishes will be manifested at the perfect time and in the perfect way for you.

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