Louniversity: Tarot Tutorial – New Moon Spread



This spread is designed to do:

  • On a New Moon – so you can use it every month on the day of the New Moon or a few days surrounding it.
  • With your friends, as part of a support network. Pull cards together and share with each other and help suggest actions.

As always I LOVE to see your spreads, so please tag #louniversity and @louniverse (tag rather than @ so I don’t miss it!) and show me your findings!

You can also find my other Tarot Tutorials here.

What you need:

A deck of Tarot or Oracle cards – You can easily try this spread with your Angel cards or other decks that you like. It’s easy to adapt once you get creative and have fun. If you want you can also use two decks at once, a Tarot deck and then a simple oracle deck to bring in extra guidance.


Set your intention for the reading.

All readings are more clear when you have a focus. The last thing you want to be doing is guessing whether a card is referencing your career, your relationship or your health. So, sit and decide on your theme! you can do it a few times for different things. It might be that you just think of a career theme or you might want to be specific with a project you are working on. You could tune it into your love life, or if you want to be more general and feel confident in reading for yourself then you could just tune into your life in general for the next 6 months (we tend to see results from new moon manifesting 6 months ahead).


This is a Five Card Spread and I have laid out instructions below. The cards are placed in a new moon arc as seen in the images. I recommend reading in a really simple way, sometimes the one word that a card brings forth is the most powerful guidance that you can get. Trust in simplicity.


1. Current challenge / Present moment 

This card is in place to show you where you are right now. There is nothing more empowering than allowing ourselves to be where we are. This may show up the challenge you are experiencing in regards to your question or even just the mood you have in that area.

2. What will help me reset my roots in order to plant seeds for the new?

New moons are about planting seeds and manifesting. This card is showing you what might be helpful in getting you grounded in order to be clear on your intentions.

3. What/Who is my best assistant for my manifesting process?

This card gives you the helpful advice in regards to what will help you move forward with your situation/ideas. It may be that you see a card of collaboration here reminding you to have brainstorming sessions or it could be a card calling you back to your intuition or self care.

4. What fears can you shake loose?

As always it’s good to have a card that can hint to what you can let go of in order to clear space for the new.

5. What SECRET messages does my inner soul system want to remind me of?

This is the bonus card I always like to include that allows your highest self to step forward and remind you of what you already know. It’s a card of reassurance, compassion and soul knowledge.

your turn!

As always, if you try this spread out for yourself then please share with me on my usual social media channels as below. Also, if you tag #louniversity in your spreads on instagram @louniverse I will happily comment on your spread if you feel stuck.




How to Thrive During Mercury Retrograde

Let’s look at Mercury Retro in a different way..

(This is a revamped post from 2012)

OH NO It’s Mercury Retrograde.. AGAIN!

Three to four times a year Mercury casts a little spell over us for around three weeks; Communication goes into breakdown, travel plans go haywire, computers break, email messages are misread, deals fall apart, the biggest crush of your life doesn’t reply to your text..

Oh and we have a planet to blame!

Seriously though… every time we experience MR suddenly people all over the place are using it as an excuse for things, even though in their every day life they don’t pay any attention to the stars or their chart. This isn’t very empowered. If you love Astrology, then study it, respect it, THEN allow it to help you! Learn to love and work with these transits. Don’t use it as a cover up for shadows you are trying to disown.

Sometimes I find myself really noticing when Mercury appears to be shimmying backwards, I remember one month where my computer broke for the entire three weeks and then suddenly was fine the day that Mercury got it’s act together. Last time I moved to LA on the first day of MR in January, a time when we are told we shouldn’t travel, but nothing was going to stop me! That’s the great thing about empowering our self help tools, is that we are talking charge of our lives and using these tools to benefit us.

Of course each star sign has different things to learn and endure during each day, month, year of our lives. I’m a Scorpio with Pisces moon and Taurus rising. I’m going to feel different to every single one of you who reads this, and Mercury retrograde is likely to feel different for us all. This is why I recommend, if you are interested in Astrology to get a reading with someone awesome like The Astrotwins, Mystic Medusa or Astro Barry and really dive in to your unique chart.

Anyway here are some ideas to tackle the next three weeks, in maybe a different way. I like to think of it as an opportunity to break some habits and maybe improve our personal ways of communication.


Communication breakdown 

Mercury rules communication, so be aware that things could be a little bit more of a challenge this month.  Maybe it’s not the best time to strike up a spontaneous argument with your lover or best friend (is it ever?) or obsessive text your latest crush.

  • Perhaps this be a chance to play a few less games? be more honest? take a break from some drama? Drama doesn’t exist unless you participate in it. Step back from social media and anywhere that is easy to get fooled by mis perception. Get back into the real world. How about some one on one time with your loved ones? aka real facetime.
  • How about using the next few weeks as an experiment practicing the art of compassionate communication. ONLY speak from compassion and not from fear. To do this it, in a situation where you feel that urge to judge or project at someone instead take it home, take it to your meditation mat, FEEL those feelings. I guarantee you that your response will be different that what it would have been in that one aggressive moment.
  • A lot of astrologers say that this isn’t a great time to sign contracts, but of course you may need to, so just use this as an opportunity to put a bit of extra love into it, be sure that if feels good, and then celebrate!
  • Oh and why not back up your hard drive? it probably needs doing anyway, right? RIGHT! (wait mine really does need doing.)


OH sweet sweet nostalgia!

Sometimes Mercury retro makes you start swaying and swooning to the tune of the good old days? or suddenly you start getting bombarded with messaged from people you knew ages ago, your old boss gets back in touch with you after years of no contact.

I know, let’s all email that guy/girl we kissed four years ago… whatttt NO! don’t do that! This is actually the perfect time to SURRENDER and clear up the past, ready for movement in the future. If you suddenly find yourself having some intense feelings about a friend, a lover, a boss, maybe this is your chance to clear them out, do a bit of a brain spring clean, work out WHY these feelings are coming up, don’t project them AT someone in the form of some sort of manipulative email. Look out for your highest self, and again be COMPASSIONATE, use this as a time to do an emotional cleanse to feel free for tomorrow and all the great days ahead.


Travel plans

Ok, why not be on the safe side? double triple check you have your tickets, try and be really on top of your plans, consider your options if things change.

BUT – If your plane/train gets delayed then you know what? worse things have happened! be prepared with books, music, journals. Enjoy the wait. I always find it strange when people get so mad about having to wait in a line at the post office, bank, bar etc.. it’s no big deal, relax, retreat into your daydreams for a moment, be still, use it as a chance to be in the now.

Always be aware that things are always aligned perfectly, so maybe you miss a train but instead you bump into an old friend or something awesome happens, or maybe not.. but hey, be open to opportunities.

NEW IDEAS – get ready

These few weeks are ideal for making plans, maybe not set anything in stone but brainstorm! draw, write, think, dream, get ready for when the three weeks end and bundle all those ideas into your future. Prepare to launch?

Be positive about opportunities, be kind to yourself, water your dreams. Use your intuition to guide you, reflect, don’t obsess about feeling like you are moving backwards, be still, enjoy it.

It’s always great to remember that stillness is still a form of movement, it just may feel uncomfortable to you, but you are STILL going somewhere. Trust in the stuck feeling and just show up for each day.


So REtrograde indicates it can be a good time for the ‘RE’ – so you may find that something from the past that didn’t get going now suddenly does work, there is definitely a bit of a ‘second chance’ energy with MR.

What other RE moments are there? Return to finish an old project. Retreat into nature or yourself, reprogram some old negative stories, reassess anything and everything, reignite your passions, relight your spirit, resolve your past.

keep moving

Finally thought that I touched on with a client recently. If anything about your interest in Tarot or Astrology is making you scared then it’s a good sign to step back a little. Nothing is more important than your empowered choices. Just because you read somewhere that a certain date isn’t good to do ‘something’ on you shouldn’t halt your life and your plans, because it sends you into victim mode. Always use these ancient tools as a way to complement your inner soul system and what feels good to you, don’t panic! I always write my monthly Tarotscopes as a form of guidance that you can apply at any time, something that hopefully helps you feel less alone, but doesn’t cause you to worry about whether you are doing something ‘right’.

Does your self help journey feel empowering or do you ever feel like you are doing something wrong? Come and chat to me about it on my social media channels.


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