Lunar Eclipse Spread
On This Day
Ancient Egyptian stories regaled lunar eclipses as a sow swallowing the moon. Mayans interpreted it as a jaguar swallowing the moon. Many cultures viewed lunar ellipses as demons swallowing the moon. They would chase the eclipse away by yelling and throwing stones at it.
On this night in 1504, Christopher Columbus tricked Jamaican natives into giving his sailors food, even after his sailors had stolen from the natives. He did so by correctly predicting a full lunar eclipse visible on this night. Using his almanac knowledge, Columbus pretended the eclipse was a sign from his god and used the trick to manipulate the natives.
Summation of Spread
The High Priestess and her triple crown—a reference to the waxing, full, and waning moon—is connected to the Maiden, Mother, and Crone Triple Goddess concept. A sliver of moon weaves through her luminescent robes.
Lunar eclipse magic is very potent. A lunar eclipse only happens during a full moon as the earth’s shadow passes over the moon’s face. Evoking the Triple Goddess, this spread’s questions regard aspects of deep magic for clarity and wisdom in daily life.
Cast Your Cards
The Lunar Eclipse Spread can be performed anytime but has extra strength on the night of an eclipse. Cast in the shape of a waxing moon, indicative of growing abundance.
1. What lies at the heart of my magic?
2. What is the lesson of early life?
3. What is the challenge of middle life?
4. What is the wisdom learned in later life?
5. What must be removed?
6. What must emerge?
7. How do I harness the power of the moon?