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JANUARY: Moonstone and The Moon

Your New Moon Tarotscopes have a new look! Each month of the year, I'll pull a card for the New Moon and chose one crystal, one 'Holy Stone', to match its...

Your New Moon Tarotscopes have a new look! Each month of the year, I'll pull a card for the New Moon and chose one crystal, one 'Holy Stone', to match its energy. Kerry will pull another card for each element and use that to interpret how this main card may affect you that month.

a girl and her shadow cast by the moonJanuary is a weird month. Still so dark here in the northern hemisphere, it’s cold, it can seem a little gloomy, but there’s that cool breeze of new beginnings blowing through, not in the same way as a springtime breeze, more of a chilly draft that comes up from the floor, reminding us there’s something behind that cellar door, as much as we try to keep it firmly closed… So, for this month’s Holy Stone I’ve chosen Moonstone. Like The Moon card in the tarot deck, Moonstone asks us to face our shadows sides, our darknesses, the cold places, to fling open the door to the cellar, torch in hand and to not be afraid of the dark but to make friends with it. Moonstone is a stone of new beginnings too, just like January, just like the New Moon. It can help us to be a little less fearful of what’s to come and instead feel calm in the face of uncertainty, perhaps even to feel hopeful. So, this month Kerry (aka Tarot Bella) has taken The Moon card and drawn another to help you see where your shadow might be cast this month...

The twelve signs of the zodiac are categorised into four groups of three signs, each ruled by a particular element. Find your element below to read your tarotscope:

Air - Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
Earth - Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Fire - Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
Water - Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.


The Moon + The Sun

Have faith

Held up alongside the mystery and illusion of The Moon’s tarot-y energy, The Sun's light wins through. It is the tarot’s most positive card, and a wonderful omen of better times ahead. The key to the door leading to this new chapter is confidence. Be bold, act bolder than you feel. Fake it till you make it. Visualise the goal, and act like it’s already happening. Whatever it is that you dream of, now is the time to go get it. Seriously, this is a wish fulfilment energy. But it needs you to make those first steps, and to believe in yourself, because if you don’t then who will? Perhaps it’s your shadow side, that holds you back, tells you that you can’t do it, whispers undermining words in your ear. Banish this version of yourself, or at least realise that these discouraging thoughts aren't the truth, because they serve no purpose in your current landscape.

If negative thoughts are getting in your way a cleansing bath is a great way to leave them behind. Write them all down and drop the water into the bath and literally let them drain away with the water. Scoop out the debris from the plug hole and bin it, or bury it, I promise you'll feel lighter and more positive for it. 


The Moon + Seven of Cups


The Seven of Cups is a classic card for Fire signs, because it represents castles in the air, daydreams which don’t go anywhere, and wonderful ideas that never see the light of day. You have an active imagination, but sometimes lack the focus and pragmatism to drag your plans out of your head, onto paper, and into your real life. Coupled with the drifting, illusionary, emotional energy of The Moon card, and you could get totally lost in space this month ahead. Retreating to fantasies and daydreams, to escape your real-life agenda. Don’t hide your thoughts and visions, don’t keep them locked away. They need to come out of your head and into your real life.

Audit your daydream “bank” and prioritise what you think you can make useful moves with this month, and activate a plan. Bring the ideas out of the shadows and into the light. Express them out loud. Write them down. Make them real. Manifest. Create. Do. A little less conversation (and daydreaming) and a little more action, please.


The Moon + King of Cups

Love life.

There is something about your closest relationship, or object of affection (if you’re single, and, hey, maybe even if you’re not!) that you don’t know, but you NEED to know. The Moon and the King of Cups combine forces to reveal you need to watch more closely, ask more questions, analyse their actions (not words), see what lies beneath. I know this sounds super-murky and shady but it may not be at all, it may just be you’re missing their true feelings or intentions or current state of mind.

Things will come out positively, because when we receive the King of Cups, it’s a message to invest more in love- the people we love, the things and places we love, the things we love about our life and about ourselves. Basically, surround yourself with what you love this month ahead (but look more closely and objectively at what is happening, how they are, and what layers of knowledge about them and your bond you may need to peel back…).


The Moon + Eight of Cups

Let reality be reality, Water signs, and don’t overcompensate or make excuses for things (or people) which aren’t working or serving you well right now. It is what it is, as the Love Islanders say.

The Eight of Cups is a soothing card, like it’s putting its arm around you and saying “it’s okay, let it go”. Something isn’t working out, and the longer you deny or suppress this truth, the harder it will become. Accept the reality, and work with it. Make the changes you need to make. More importantly, trust me when I tell you that this has faltered because something bigger and better is afoot. This was all just preparation, mark my words. I know you’re hating this, because The Moon here is playing a role of self-delusion. You are trying to protect yourself from this painful truth but the fact is that this is happening anyway, reality is marching ahead. So, just let it be and let it go. The sooner you do, the faster new energy will replace whatever you’ve released.


Kerry Ward of TarotBEllaKerry Ward is a Nottingham based tarot reader, and Cosmopolitan magazine’s FIRST tarot expert, with over 20 years fortune telling experience, and many happy clients all over the world. You can book a personal, written reading, which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure, at or follow her at @mytarotbella. 


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