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Moon Manifesting 101

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

I normally like to offer Full and New Moon rituals that are aligned with the season and the Tarot, but for today I want to present more generally what Moon Manifesting is, what it’s given me, and how you can work with the Moon’s energies and create your own rituals.

As a Tarot reader, I naturally look to the cards and their associated Zodiac symbols when I am creating my rituals, but there are lots of additional ways that you can harness the Moon’s power.

The Moon is already affecting all of us- from our ocean’s tides, our sleep, and our bodies which are 60% water. When we align our intention setting with the energy of the Moon, our manifestation efforts gain potency and structure.

Astrology vs. The Moon and Tarot

“The locations of Burger Kings and MacDonald’s, in relation to the hospital you were born in, has more to do with your love life than your Zodiac sign.” - Anonymous

I heard that quote from someone a long time ago. I think it’s a little funny and a little true. I think that it surprises folks to learn that I’m not very knowledgeable about astrology. No wonder, given that I write about the cards and the Zodiac all the time! If you are someone who feels that astrology is a supportive and useful tool, that’s great! For me, it has always felt both prescriptive and vague. Any warnings that a certain date might be bad for business and another date might be good for love, left me feeling like I had missed something important or worse, dreading some potential mishap. Recently someone asked me to explain what a Mercury retrograde was, and I replied that I choose not to honor or observe them. I deliberately choose to focus my thoughts on what is peaceful and what brings me joy, and from what I understand, marking the calendar for a retrograde is a way to anticipate hardship. How then to reconcile the astrology and numerology that are part of the Tarot’s DNA? Like many people, when I first began seriously studying the cards, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of symbols and associations. It was simple enough to grasp the structure of the deck. There are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana, broken into four suits of four elements. When I had to also include the double elements of the Court cards and their associations to numerology and astrology, I had to pause. I have a visceral connection to the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. That’s enough for me. I experience my connection to the stars, especially as they relate to the Tarot and the Zodiac, through the seasons. For example, it is easy to understand why Libra is the sign associated with the Justice card when I see them in relation to the Autumn Equinox. My connection to The Sun is also closely experienced through the seasons. My connection to the Earth is really my connection to the everyday, but the Moon… The Moon is where I feel the most magical and miraculous connectivity.

What the Moon Has Offered Me

In October of 2018, I attended a New Moon Festival in Yosemite. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was when Sea Tarot was first born.