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The Moon

the moon tarot card

The towers are back (see The High Priestess etc) and here with a big fat macho Sun between them.  What has happened to the secret, or the sacred knowledge of the High Priestess? Can it still be trusted? The Sun god has replaced the Moon goddess - or is it an uneasy union? The card depicts an eclipse of Sun & Moon - the union of male and female, and much ribald fun has been had by poets and playwrights using the idea of the Man in the Moon.

The Moons tidal influence and the monthly cycle is symbolized, and the howling dogs are a reminder of the madness associated with the moon (lunatics). Crab is barc backwards but I think this goes way too far down the da Vinci code road - here it symbolizes the Moon's astrological link with Cancer. The crayfish of earlier cards is interesting and there is some evidence of association with renewal (the ability to regrow missing limbs), and with hoarding - a curious feature of this creature.
the moon tarot card marseilles deckHero and Villain, the Moon.  It is the card of dreams, intuition, sensitivity and empathy – but it is also the card for loss of control, excess, lethargy.  Frequently it describes people prone to both sides of its nature and is often readable as a sense that something is not as it seems - or someone.  Where this is the case, the questioner will be certain to either have or to lack the degree of intuition which will help them see through things.  Context and placement will indicate this, but in any event the questioner should ask themselves if all is definitely as it should be.  Moonlight can be deceptive.

    The Moon card leads us into the mysterious realm of darkness and night; into the image world of the soul; to our premonitions, desires, and dreams. The bright side of the Moon means romantic dreaminess, lively fantasies, and a strong sensitivity. Yet this card tends to show the dark side, the depths of the soul, gloomy foreboding, and the dread of the invisible and intangible. It is the terror that we feel when we walk through a deserted forest at night, although we don't think twice about crossing it during the day. It teaches us the nature of fear in the dark. Or it is the ancient dread of the demons that have now received new names in our enlightened times: bacteria, viruses, millirems, becquerels, lead-polluted air, and acid rain.












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