PURPOSE: The purpose of this spread is to explore how I can make the best use of a particular placement in my astrological birth chart.
MY QUESTION: How can I make the best use of this astrological placement in my birth chart?
LAYOUT and POSITIONAL DEFINITIONS
(1) Planet or Luminary
(2) Zodiac Sign
(3) I need to analyze this
(4) I need to explore my feelings about this
(5) I need to "get physical" about this
(6) I need to meditate on this
(7) I need to be cautious about this
(8) I need to avoid this
(1) Planet or Luminary: MOON (Tarot card = The High Priestess)
(2) Zodiac Sign: TAURUS (Tarot card = The Hierophant)
Before I continue with the reading, let's take a look at these two cards, side by side. The figures on the card are dressed similarly in white or cream-colored garments. Both cards feature two pillars, one on either side of the central figure. These two people face away from each other and are focused on in their own activities, seemingly unaware of each other -- she with her pomegranates and he with his keys. The High Priestess speaks to me of inner life and the internal Higher Self, whereas I usually view The Hierophant as a representative of the traditions, religions, or social structures that play a role in the outer or physical world.
Together, they have several messages for me.
I need to analyze an attitude, perspective, or perception that is ending or needs to end in order to clear the ground for something new and improved. With my Moon in Taurus, this is likely to be an attitude, perspective, or perception to which I stubbornly cling, perhaps because of my strong need for love and security.
I need to explore how I feel about solitude and introspection, as well as how I feel about sharing what I have learned (my "lantern") with others. What are my feelings about my inner journey as it relates to the outside world? With my Moon in Taurus, I tend to dislike large, noisy gatherings. I would rather be with a few close friends in a quiet setting. Do I feel drawn to develop a public persona so that I can show others the way, or will I choose to withdraw?
I need to "get physical" about a new project or path. My first thought is that this might be some sort of exercise or physical activity that I can get enthusiastic about. That's the trick, you see. I have yet to discover a physical activity that I enjoy (and I have tried them all at one time or another). That good old Taurus endurance and determination has helped me stick with unpleasant physical activities for weeks before I finally give it up out of boredom or genuine dislike.
I need to meditate on how I can spend more time enjoying and appreciating what I have and less time in a funk over what I don't have. Having the Moon in Taurus lends me emotional stability but also a sensitivity that tends to call my attention to what I lack. The Moon, after all, is the Moon.
Taurus is an inherently cautious sign, and the suit of Pentacles (Earth) in this position seems quite appropriate. In fact, in the OGD system, the Six of Pentacles is associated with the Moon and Taurus! My first reaction to this card in this position is that I need to be cautious about what I give and what I take in a material or financial sense. Taurus is the astrological sign of earthly possessions. The Moon often represents deception, illusions, or cloudy vision. Being cautious in the area of giving and receiving at a material level is not a bad idea for someone with the Moon in Taurus.
The Fool's sense of adventure and potentially reckless nature are pretty much at odds with a Moon in Taurus placement. The thought of abandoning old (current) ways in favor of the unknown makes Taurus frown with disapproval. I think this card is simply saying that the placement of the Moon in Taurus can help me avoid being too impulsive or "devil may care." My desire for adventure (courtesy of my Sagittarius Sun) needs to be tempered and advised (at least some of the time) by practical, reliable, sensible Moon-in-Taurus.
I welcome any comments you care to make on this spread. Please let me know if you try it and how it worked for you!