b2ap3_thumbnail_Shadowscapes_2Cups.jpgTarot and magic is an interesting subject. It's also a fairly old one or so I am led to believe. I wanted to share another super simple spell that can be done at the new moon. September's new moon is on the 24th (or 23rd depending on your time zone).

In my practice, I was taught that the New Moon esbats were a time for doing healing work. Sometimes we had a bowl for names of those we were doing work for. Other times we simply spoke their name into the Circle. New Moons were one of my favorite esbats with my training coven because they were a quieter working.

Using Tarot in a New Moon esbat for healing is not a precise science. There are 78 choices after all. And let's not get started on the number of combinations.



You will need a significator in this spell. This is the card that will stand for the person you are doing the working for. It is my preference that permission be given by that person for the working. Of course there are times when that is not possible. You should do as you are guided.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Shadowscapes_Strength.jpgMany choose only court cards for significators, but I use other cards. If someone is in need of balancing, I might use one of the twos. If they need more friends, I might use the Six of Cups. And so on. A working knowledge of Tarot is good for this spell. You can also use a book like Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning for basic meanings. For more in-depth meanings, I really like Rachel Pollack's Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings And Deeper Meanings. YMMV of course.

Once you have the significator, you need four more cards. It is my belief that healing should be done on four levels--physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

You can intentionally choose the cards you want for the healing work. Or you might focus on the person with their significator card in front of you. Shuffle the deck. Then draw the four cards.

This spread is to be laid out on your altar or in your working area. I suggest leaving it there until the healing  is complete. At least leave it there until the Full Moon. This means you may need a spare deck if you only have one and use it frequently. The Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Piu-Law is particularly pretty if you wanted a suggestion on a new deck.

I place the significator in the center. Physical is the top card. Mental is the card to the right. Spiritual is the card at the bottom. Emotional is the card to the left.

If you like, you can write down the cards plus your interpretation of them. Or you can just let the cards tell you a story of health and healing.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Shadowscapes_9Coins.jpgAn easy cantrip might be:

Cards and stars join under this moon
Bring health to (name) this turning
Cards and stars join under this moon
Bring health to (name) this turning
So mote it be
(to be said five times, one for each card)

I always encourage my students to write their own cantrips. I think you lock it into your mind that much better. I also advocate for a rhyming cantrip even if I am not the world's best rhyming poet.

Once the working is done, close your Circle as you normally do but leave the cards in place. If you, like me, aren't blessed with an altar room, you can put the cards up on a magnetic white board or maybe place them in your journal. The key is to revisit them each day until the Full Moon. say the cantrip (five times is what I recommend) once a day. Once a week would work as well but I'm fond of daily practices.

When the Full Moon turns, go into Circle again. Thank Themselves (or however you name them for yourself) for the work that's been done and that will be done. I urge my students to remember that we can't know the will of Themselves. So it is best to give your thanks without judgment.

Pick the cards up in reverse order to place them back in the deck. As you shuffle them back into the deck, focus on truly releasing them from the spell working. I find that shuffling the deck and tapping it on a hard surface helps me release energy.

Have a blessed New Moon, y'all. Remember to seek joy.


Deck used: Shadowscapes by Stephanie Piu-Law, Llewellyn