Shadow Works: A Personal Tarot Reading by AstreauxBytch

What’s up, foks!!

I hope this week is starting off on a positive note despite the intensity and confusion our current astrology indicates. The New Moon that occurred on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4 degrees in the sign of Aquarius marked the Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) and was square to Uranus in Taurus at 6 degrees who just stationed direct on January 10 after about 5 months in retrograde motion. We’ve got Venus and Neptune Conjunct & Mercury moving into shadow. Clarity is available but will be hard to come by. You gotta grind for it.

Facing the uncertainty with an optimistic attitude, accepting our own and others’ differences, and utilizing our logic to see where we have gotten in our own ways is what this moon cycle will be about. It’s important that we get in touch with our sense of authenticity so that decisions made now will be in our best interest in the long term. It’s a Rat year in addition to all the strong Capricorn Stellium energy at play for 2020, so we’re all being forced to buckle down, persist toward our goals, and play the long game. Good Luck.

Here’s my personal spread for this new moon in Aquarius.
The breakdown of the “Illuminated Shadow” tarot spread created by myself is here.
I will be using this spread at every new moon as an example of
how to use tarot for shadow work.

“Illuminated Shadow” tarot spread by AstreauxBytch “PrismaVisions” tarot deck by James R. Eads.

Shadow: 9 of Pentacles (reversed)
Conscious Self: Judgement (reversed)
Advice: 6 of Pentacles (reversed)
Potential Self: The Magician

Unconsious: 9 of Pentacles (reversed), 3 of Chalices, 6 of Wands

What you share of yourself with others, you also deserve… and not just from them. Your sense of self-value (or lack thereof as indicated by the reversed 9P) is in deep need of your attention and active effort. Been overindulging in luxury items, food, drink, or superficial social connections that later leave you feeling empty or ‘less than’? Stop allowing loneliness or financial lack to make you feel unworthy of joy, camaraderie, or acknowledgement. You power lies in your ability to infuse joy while simultaneously rallying others toward a cause. Align your passions with this knowledge and you will manifest abundance.
Conscious: Judgement (reversed), Knight of Cups (reversed), 7 of Wands (reversed)

Your stubborn tendency to look at the world and its many wayward inhabitants through rose colored glasses must end like fucking yesterday! You’re aware of a tendency toward naivete that leads to pouring emotion into unavailable lovers and disloyal friends. You’ve experienced how a purpose not acted upon will remain fantasy and how a dream deferred can deteriorate the will and break down your defenses. Having learned those lessons the hard way, must they really be repeated?

Kori, your energy right now should be focused on stabilizing emotions, healing reprogramming your subconscious, & applying life lessons and peaceful self-protection techniques. Indeed, your success in this lifetime hinges on all of this. Take note.
5-6 Negative Shadow: 3 of Cups, Knight Cups (reversed)

Addictions and the attraction to turbulent or stagnant bonds result from a wound to the emotional body. You’re inviting lack of clarity and fulfilment because that’s where your focus lies, but also because there’s a subconscious limiting belief that you deserve the worst or that what you’ve experienced thus far is as good as it gets. It’s time to explore the ideas you’ve internalized about what healthy love looks like and renew your faith in your ability to participate.
7-8 Positive Shadow:6 of Wands, 7 of Wands (reversed)

“Because she competes with no one, none can compete with her.”
– Lao Tzu

Your compassionate autonomy is where you’ll find the acknowledgment your Leo moon is longing for. Rather than competing to win, gain noteriety or material things, you compete for the energetic boost that comes from exerting your will toward an outcome. Your intention is never to harm unless you are threatened. Your creativity, passion, and charisma are genuine when expressed. When you beleive in yourselve and act on a worthy cause, your soul tribe is likely to show up in droves, cheering you on and fueling the rest of your teip to the mountain top. ALIGN!
1 Advice: 6 of Pentacles (reversed)

It’s time to pull your energy back from low return investments of resources, time, or emotion. Set your price higher. That goes for services, time, resources, energy, emotion, even your physical presence! It’s time to find balance between giving and receiving, action and rest, self and other. Then, work to maintain it in all life areas through consistent practice.
2 Potential Self (result of following advice): The Magician

What would change in your life if you were to ruthlessly prioritize yourself and your service above all else, putting energy only into that which feeds you, grows, you, expands your sense of self and connection to all that is? It would be impossible for your manifestations to fail, right? Harsh rains in the form of Judgment reversed have brought life altering lessons, many of which were painful. Remember though, that the result of stormy weather is often abundant harvest. It is time.

Every trial or tribulation, all the beauty and each betrayal, loss and gain left you with yet another tool with which you may manifest according to your will and clear intention. Now, you have emotional healing & resilience (Cups), cunning & communication skills (Swords), confidence & creative edge (Wands), material stability & loyal bonds (Pentacles) to pour into whatever lifestyle and purpose you choose. The best act of appreciation for a God-given gift is it’s effective use in service to self and collective. Get to work.


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