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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 New Moon in Gemini on May 22, 2020 quietly tiptoes in on Friday afternoon for those of us on the east coast of the USA. We may not notice its affects at first but as this very unusual Memorial Day weekend proceeds we start to notice that we feel more lively than we have for a while, perhaps even restive. We simply need some normality in our lives. We want to play and have fun with our friends and family. This is Gemini energy at its best, giving us a call to interaction. Sadly, the reality of the situation, both here in the tristate area and in most of the world is that just taking a holiday break from this pandemic season could have truly catastrophic consequences. We will need to find new ways to satisfy the siren call of this Gemini New Moon that will allow us to both stay safe and get that sense of connection that we are missing.

I like to think of Gemini as a charming chameleon. They appear SO sexy, gorgeous, entertaining and witty. Definitely A list. We can’t decide if they will win the Noble Peace Prize, find a cure for cancer or host the Academy Awards. They certainly can talk and persuade. After you are thoroughly dazzled, look a little closer and notice how much is real and how much is pure persona.

Used wisely, this sign helps us to be diplomatic and communicate our desires in ways that help us to attain our goals. Gemini energy can be harnessed to help us to write in very creative and clever ways whether it be a novel or a more mundane project. Gemini loves to learn and then teach you what they have learned. They are talented at fixing things with their hands. Interestingly enough, Gemini is also associated with lungs, the respiratory system and the nervous system which can all be affected by Covid-19.

If only this New Moon chart were so simple. (Sigh.)  Just like almost all of the New Moon charts I have examined over the course of the last two years, there are layers of complexity. For starters, Mercury the ruler of Gemini, is squaring Neptune. Expect people to say things that range from the simply unclear and evasive right up to great big lies! I should mention here that Mercury is known both as the messenger to the Gods and also as a trickster. We will see examples of this being played out from right within our own homes to the White House and beyond.

When I add the asteroids Hygeia (hygiene) and Vesta (wise woman warrior) to the mix which are conjunct Mercury and so are also squaring Neptune we have ourselves a real mess! I believe that this will play out as lots of disinformation and lack of clarity regarding the corona virus everywhere from the government at all levels to Facebook. This will make the task of making appropriate choices even more incredibly difficult than it already is. I am also concerned that decisions will come from the downside of Gemini energy which can simply look at the numbers without regard to the human lives each number represents. We would do better to tap into the energy of Vesta who will fight to preserve each life.  

Why stop there? I also see that Mercury will go retrograde on June 18 a few days before the next New Moon.  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. I mention this now because the shadow period of Mercury retrograde starts on June 1, 2020. Things start to slow down and become more difficult as Mercury begins to slow down prior to moving retrograde. Further, as Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, I believe that the usual Mercury retrograde difficulties will be even more exaggerated. Please, back up 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!

Venus, the Goddess of love continues her retrograde motion through June 25, 2020 several days after the next New Moon in Cancer.  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.

We can expect to see interesting headlines coming out of our nation’s courts. I sincerely hope that Ruth Bader Ginsberg continues to recover from the medical challenges that have beset her recently. For me she is a shining example of a real American hero.

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 “The Mystical Shaman Oracle” by Alberto Villoldo, Colette Baron- Reid and Marcela Lobos. This beautiful oracle deck was created to express the essence of shamanism which has an ancient and sophisticated world view endowed with a rich tradition of esoteric healing practices. Magical synchronicity awaited me within this deck as the card I pulled is Wind. Wind represents the element of air. Gemini is the second of the three air signs of the zodiac. TOTALLY perfect! Then, it got even better. The authors tell us that Wind signifies change both positive and negative. I found particularly relevant the section of the card description that tells us that we are being invited to recognize the value of chaos. “Right now it seems as if your world has been turned upside down, but this is a temporary storm that will blow over. Simplify, slow down, course correct if you need to, and wait out the storm to clean things up. Remember, this too shall pass.”

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.

Last Month's New Moon Message

The April 22, 2020 Taurus New Moon arrives on Wednesday evening for those of us on the east coast of the USA in the middle of the ongoing global pandemic crisis.  Stable and solid, Taurus catches the baton that initiatory Aries has tossed its way.

Last month at the Aries New Moon, the Corona Virus started to capture our national attention as it began to explode both in case numbers and deaths. At that time, Governor Cuomo issued a shelter in place directive for New York State. Aries is the very start of the zodiac and acts as an astrological New Year for astrologers. Many astrologers believe that the chart for the Aries New Moon tells us a great deal about the year ahead. Aries is one of the four cardinal signs of the zodiac.  Libra, Cancer and Capricorn are the other three cardinal signs.  Cardinal signs usher in new people, projects and events, for good or bad! Both the explosion of the virus and Governor Cuomo’s directive are both great examples of the active energy of Aries for good or for bad.

Taurus, the sign of this New Moon is one of the four fixed signs of the zodiac. Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are the other three fixed signs. The fixed signs contribute the energy required to move forward with a plan or project once it has had its grand beginning. Taurus encourages us to stay the course and do the practical things we need to do to move forward now. Taurus is much quieter and less flashy than Aries but it is vital to for the success of any undertaking. All the fixed signs at their best are persevering, at their worst they are just plain old stubborn and inflexible. We can expect LOTS of wrangling during this lunation about the best way to solve the various obstacles that present themselves now. The devil REALLY will be in the details, whether in our personal lives or nationally.

As I looked more closely at the chart for this New Moon, it painted a picture of loneliness and frustration with some glimmers of hope on the horizon. All of the major planetary players are on the bottom of this chart. Only Venus, the planet of love and finance is above the horizon. The bottom of the chart represents internal energy, our bodies, our possessions, our homes and our health. The top of the chart is all about external energy, our partners, friends and jobs. With so much energy focused on the bottom of this chart, we will be inwardly focused. We will spend most of our time at home and yet once again be required to look within.

Even now, it is possible to find joy in our lives. Taurus teaches us to find that joy in all the small wondrous details of our everyday lives. I notice that the sky has become much bluer due to lack of pollution.  Lately, I have really been hearing the birds that are singing their spring songs. Either they are louder or I am more aware of what is happening all around me! I am very aware of the need to conserve. I have been finding creative ways to stretch the resources I do have, all great examples of the gifts Taurus is willing to present us with if we are open to receive.  

 Earthy Taurus offers us stability both in practical and emotional ways during these very uncertain and often dark times. Taurus is the most physical of all of the signs. We need to be sure we are inhabiting our entire bodies not just living in our heads.  It is important to stay grounded now- LITERALLY!  Yoga can be a real life saver. My favorite grounding yoga positions are the mountain and tree poses. YouTube is a great resource for more information on how to combine breath and the yoga postures.

We can garden, cook a time consuming recipe, and listen to music we love or engage in creative projects that require us to be hands on. We need to remember that this time will not last forever and take advantage of the slower paced life so many of us are living now.

 Many of our close relationships, especially with our spouses will feel the strain of the ongoing crisis. It is really important now to be specific with our loved ones and make sure we are communicating clearly. There is the potential for some very unrealistic ideas and thinking. Making time for physical intimacy with our partners is crucial right now. You may not feel like it, but make the effort and notice how your body responds. As Mary Oliver says in her wonderful poem Wild Geese, “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” That is the essence of Taurus wrapped up in a few beautiful words.

It would be misleading to suggest that making lemonade out of these lemons will be an easy task. This New Moon chart is filled with obstacles that will affect us both personally and globally. As I had mentioned earlier in this column, Venus, the only planet that appears above the horizon in this chart will begin to move retrograde on May 13, 2020 and will not resume its normal forward motion until June 25, 2020. This is especially important because Venus is the planet that is associated with the sign of Taurus. Venus is of course the planet of love but she also rules finance and luxury. During the period that Venus is retrograde, she appears to stop and then move backwards through the night sky. Expect a great deal of global financial instability. Some luxury brands will be unable to weather the storm and will fold. Saturn, the ruler of the USA’s house of money will also turn retrograde during this lunar cycle.  This will cause serious economic damage and will be reflected in the stock market. I expect that the situation will begin to improve by the time Venus moves direct in June.

Last but not least Uranus, the planet of revolution, antiauthoritarianism and downright rebellion conjuncts the New Moon. Picture eating a meal REQURING Alka-Seltzer! Expect people to get digested, frustrated and angry. We will see lots of all kinds of protests from all kinds of different groups about a wide variety of subjects!

I find the most reassurance this month in the Sabian symbol associated with the degree of this New Moon: “The rainbow’s pot of gold” It took me a while to fully understand its meaning. The symbol is actually a play on words. Most commentators agree that this symbol means that we need to place emphasis on the promise of spiritual treasure rather than material wealth. I happened to be watching the news and saw the wonderful drawings and paintings children are creating of rainbows and placing on their windows as a way to stay connected. As it says in the Bible, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them.”

“Mystic Forest” by Essential Essences is my choice of incense for this lunation. This familiar and comforting incense makes me feel as though I am in the middle of my favorite pine forest sanctuary.

For this tumultuous New Moon, I once again to turned to the “Dreams of Gaia Tarot” by Ravynne Phelan, my favorite deck of the 21st century for guidance and comfort. 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 pulled the Minor Arcana card “The 4 of earth”. This card is completely in synch with the energies of this Taurus New Moon. I always enjoy watching synchronicity in action. The 4 of earth in this deck symbolizes the element of earth naturally. The number 4 signifies stability. Perfect!

Ms. Phelan tells us that this card indicates the need for slow and steady progress. She says, “You have made real and tangible progress: do not falter now. The 4 of Earth encourages us not to give up, even if weariness dogs our every step. However, we may need to pause for a moment to recharge ourselves before forging ahead again.” This is the message for this month’s Taurus New Moon. The Dreams of Gaia Tarot nails it once again!

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 yesterday, 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 earthy Taurus New MoonI love the healing and grounding feel of both of these crystals and I hope that you will enjoy them as well.

For me, Moss Agate is the earth element personified in a crystal. It is known as the crystal of gardeners and agriculture. It is a wonderful healing stone. Metaphysically, Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates at a slower frequency than other stones making it a perfect choice for this Taurus New Moon. Its ability to help to stabilize and strengthen our systems is an added bonus.

The luminous Amber is actually a biological product of nature, a protective resin that oozed from living trees in dense, prehistoric forests and fossilized over millions of years. It is highly prized in the metaphysical world for its energetic and healing properties, and for the marvelous Life Force it carries. Amber holds a strong connection to the sun and earth. Amber is a natural purifier, esteemed for its ability to draw pain and dis-ease from the physical body, as well as the mind and spirit, by absorbing negative or stagnant energies and transforming them into clear, positive energy. This stimulates the body’s own mechanisms to heal itself. Amber is ideal for cleansing and reactivating the chakras. A true crystal of the earth!

Wishing you a safe, harmonious and productive Taurus New Moon. May you discover new ways to bring peace and joy into your life!

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 email: 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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