Today is the second quarter of the Rowan Moon, and it is a time to assess where the protection of Rowan has been able to nurture and shield us from those things within ourselves that work against our desired evolution. The second quarter of the Moon is the place where we focus deeply on those parts of our Being we refer to as the Shadow, and connect them with the energy of the trees, the cards, the Universe, and our desired end. So for this draw, we'll use a pattern connected with the day, and see where it takes us.
Here in the Mountain Time Zone, the Moon is at its second quarter phase at 8:50 pm. So..February 11, 2015, 8:50... 43, which numerologically is a seven. So, since we are dealing with the shadow within, we will draw not only the seventh card from the top of the deck, but the seventh card from the bottom, and ask ourselves, "What is the part of my Shadow that binds me, and how does Rowan protect me from this influence?"
The Tarot of the Old Path shows the Emperor seated on his throne surrounded by, not the people of the court, but Nature in her glory. The Ram for Aries, and the speaking stick for Mercury, give the planetary attributions of this card in this deck, and the playful youth in the background with the Sun riding high overhead whilst the Emperor sits in silent and peaceful contemplation with his hawk on his shoulder and his palace in the far distance represent the necessity for going outside the realm of necessity and work and dominion and simply relaxing in the beauty of life and contemplating one's "kingdom." Apparently, we are too apt to get bound up in the "busy" and need to occasionally give ourselves a day off to simply look about us, revel in the beauty of our own lives, and speak to our Selves. The peach in his hand does represent the sweetness and beauty of life, and Mercury going direct today does imply the necessity of communication with others, and also with the Self. But, because we are here dealing with the Shadow Self, we might also take the picture on this card as acknowledging that we sometimes lose track of who we are and why we're doing what we're doing, because we might not think we actually belong in that castle, but see ourselves, as represented by the throne sitting in the field, as somehow out of place, as perhaps even unworthy of that crown we're wearing.
So, how can we, with the protective influence of Rowan, figure out which of those two interpretations is more significant here, and how may we prevent our Selves from falling prey to our own negative images of the Shadow within? Here we have the Six of Cauldrons, a young couple dressed in the blue of Water, the flow of emotion, standing tenderly beside one another in front of a table holding six cauldrons brimming with liquid. He kisses her hand gently, as she caresses the flower in the cauldron she's holding, the ox-eye daisy, symbol of commitment and innocent love, and together thy are a portrait of companionship, gentle love and undemanding acceptance and appreciation.
And so, my friends, think of your Self, your outer Being and your Shadow, as the combination of this couple's energies, active and receptive, overt and covert, and both being needed to create one whole Being. As You are being told that you ARE the "Emperor" of your own domain, you ARE good enough, you need both your active and receptive nature to be complete, and most significantly, it is essential that you sit outside your Palace in the beautiful field of your own domain and experience true appreciation of what is there. Who you are, what you think, what you do, what you desire and what you feel are the essential elements of Self-love, and it is the lack thereof from which Rowan shields you today. Love and cherish the Being within. Your Shadow is not evil. It is a place of peace, as is the darkness wherein we sleep and dream, and it is an oasis of silent and personal contemplation and rest. May you find it so this day, and always!