Tarot Readings & Moon Phases

Read your cards when you need to, but consider moon phases for non-urgent questions. Image by Steve Allen/Stockbyte/Getty Images

A reader asks, “I plan to do a Tarot reading because I have some issues that really need questions and evaluation soon. But a friend of mine said I should wait until a certain moon phase but that’s three weeks away and I need to resolve things quickly. Do I have to just wait?

You do not. In fact, I’ve always believed that the best time to do a Tarot reading is when you have a question. If you’ve got pressing issues, then go ahead and do your reading, and don’t worry about what the moon is doing up in the sky.

The only difference in your waiting three weeks is that your problems will be three weeks further along.

Now, that said, are there benefits to doing Tarot readings during specific moon phases? Sure. Just like any other magical or metaphysical practice, some people believe that timing is everything – or at the very least, something. This means that if you have something specific you need to focus on – and it’s not a matter of immediate urgency – then doing your reading during a certain moon phase could definitely enhance the results you get, as well as your own intuitive skills.

The period of and immediately following a new moon is often considered a time of new beginnings and re-evaluation. If your question has to do with starting something new, this is a good time for a reading. Consider the new moon phase for questions relating to starting a new job or relationship, moving to a new place, or taking on a challenge that until now, you’ve never been ready for.

During the waxing moon, as the moon is working its way towards the full stage, many people like to do readings involving bringing things towards them. In other words, this is a time to focus on things that are already in your life that you might want to grow. Are you questioning whether you want to have another child?

Continue your education after all these years? Take on a second job?

The full moon is typically seen as a period of intuition and wisdom. In many magical traditions, the three days before or after the full moon are still considered “full,” but you’ll have to make your own call on that. Some people believe that any reading done during a full moon is going to have a lot more intuitive oomph to it, simply because the moon is full and our intuitive abilities are peaking during this time. If you want to focus on the purpose of your readings specifically, this is a good time to do readings related to matters of spirituality, personal development, and inner growth.

Finally, during the waning moon, this is the period – as with many magical activities – for getting rid of stuff. Are you doing a reading because you’re thinking about eliminating certain things from your life? Are you questioning a toxic relationship, a bad job situation, or some other element of your world that leaves you unsatisfied and discontent? What about something unpleasant in your past? If it’s dragging you down, a reading during this moon phase could tell you it’s time to shed your baggage.

So, to bring things full circle, do you have to wait until a certain moon phase to do a reading?

No, absolutely not. If you’ve got something imperative that you need to handle right now, do it. You’ll probably be glad you didn’t put it off.

However, if it’s just a non-immediate question that you need answered, or you’re thinking you may need a bit of guidance in a particular area, can you wait until a particular moon phase? Sure – try it, and see if you feel more attuned to your cards and your reading if you wait for the corresponding phase of the moon.


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