New Moon Reading: Make that Commitment Work

Decks used: Lumina Tarot (Lauren Aletta, Inner Hue), Pagan Otherworlds Tarot (Uusi Design Studio) and Spirit Speak Tarot (Mary Elizabeth Evans, Spirit Speak)

Decks used: Lumina Tarot (Lauren Aletta, Inner Hue), Pagan Otherworlds Tarot (Uusi Design Studio) and Spirit Speak Tarot (Mary Elizabeth Evans, Spirit Speak)

Today's New Moon is reminding me about commitments. It's easy to relegate The Lovers card to romance, relationships, and partnerships… but this time around, I'm taking this card to represent the choices and commitments we make. 

It takes some courage and some risk to enter a commitment. Whether it's a new job, a resolution you've made for yourself, a romantic relationship, or even an exercise routine, when you take something so seriously that you find out exactly what you're getting yourself into, it can be scary. But the beginning of a commitment comes with a certain buzz or high—you have an expanse of promise and possibility ahead of you. Your positivity hasn't yet been tainted and so it's easier to dive in.

But the conditions surrounding our commitments aren't always steady and secure. If you're sticking to a new "lifestyle change" (read: diet adjustment), there's always the temptation to stray and give yourself the occasional scoop of ice cream or slab of steak. When you commit to a partner and the honeymoon stage fizzles, other people can become more appealing, or maybe your former single life may look a lot more attractive than it did before. 

The tarot asks us what our knee-jerk reactions are to flailing commitments. Do we pack our bags and go, as in the 3 of Wands? Or do we weather the battles that the 9 of Swords presents? Neither approach is better, but both do call for a reassessment of what your choice, your commitment, and your promise means to you. To ditch or not to ditch? To soldier on with compromise, or to not settle?

Serious stuff to think about this New Moon—but it's a good time as any to reflect on our choices and why we make them.