With Pisces as it's ruling sign, the Moon is all about visions and illusions, creativity and emotions, dreams and nightmares. There are many aspects to this fascinating card that can't be “summed up”in a single sentence.
|The Moon ~ Rider-Waite/Smith|
When you are reading or studying the cards, one of the first things you should look at is the imagery within the card ~ what images/symbols do you see, and what could they possibly mean? This is the first step in breaking down and working with the various layers contained in any card. Being a Major Arcana card, the Moon will of course have many layers of meaning to offer us, and sometimes this can become confusing, no matter how much experience you have.
The most common symbols you will find in most Moon cards are the Yods, which appear in RWS and RWS inspired decks, denote wisdom from the Divine (however you see it). There are two dogs ~ one savage, one tame; these often represent choice or struggle. The crab usually represents us, hard on the outside with our defences up or projected images we want to the world to perceive us with, emerging from the waters of the subconscious. The two towers are symbols of what is safe, and therefore attractive and appealing on our spiritual path because they look “easy” but are in fact illusions; the path, if taken properly, is actually clear to see in the moonlight and a clear path can be seen on the Moon card. The two towers can also be related back to the Moon's sister card The High Priestess as the two pillars that stand behind her.
With these basic symbols and meanings in mind, let's explore the Moon card deeper.
The energy of the Moon is often that of chaos. It can be insanity or artistic genius, or blocked/repressed emotions/creativity/sexuality that are now bubbling under the surface seeking release. Illusion and delusion could be rife; we have to use our intuition to guide us through the sometimes murky waters of existence to get to the real truth. All of these things relate very much to the “mega moon” and Moon in Scorpio energy we have just been through.
|9 of Swords ~ Gilded Tarot|
|The Devil ~ RWS|
|The Hermit ~ Druidcraft Tarot|
This does colour the Moon card with a negative slant but I believe this is more a shadow of the card then a connotation that the card itself is negative. We all exist with a shadow, and it is by the moonlight and the moon's essence of reflection that we see these shadows and confront them before they control us ~ this is something I actually delve into in my next Samhain piece which will be out in a couple of weeks. A lot of people don't like to see such strong and seemingly “negative” meanings attached to tarot cards, and I think this type of attitude is misguided. If you want nothing but positive, find yourself an affirmations book, don't turn to tarot. One of the reasons that I love and adore the tarot so much is because it reflects the full spectrum of the human experience, and that has to include the times when we are at our lowest, not just the good times. The path we take in life is difficult sometimes, but the more we enter into the mysteries, the greater the reward.
|The Moon ~ Legacy of the Divine|
|The Moon ~ Mythic Tarot|
Whichever meaning is relevant to you or the person you are reading for, transformation, should the Moon be lived fully, is imminent. Look to the Moon for guidance, for she is ever present, ever knowing, and has much to teach you should you seek her mysteries.