This week’s card to study is XVIII The Moon.
The Moon XVIII
In the Everyday Witch Tarot, we see a full moon hanging low amongst a star-filled sky. The moon is larger than life and glows behind the silhouette of a witch flying on her broom. Below, a black cat peers into a pond looking at his reflection however, gazing back at him, is a fierce black panther instead. Next to the cat, is a pathway leading into the into the unknown distance adding to the mystery of the card.
Rider-Waite Smith Judgement for comparison:
Major Arcana aka Trumps represent well-known archetypal energies, stages of development, life lessons and/or milestones we commonly experience throughout our lives. They hold more weight than the Minor cards in a reading because they involve growth and self-discovery and are associated with pivotal events that permeate our lives. The Majors act as signposts on the road of life and it’s our choice which path to take.
Esoteric Title: Ruler of Flux and Reflux; Child of the Sons of the Mighty
Alternate Names: Illusion, La Luna, La Lune (Tarot de Marseille)
Hebrew Letter: Quoph; 19th letter (simple letter)
Meaning: Back of head
Tree of Life Pathway: 29th between Netzach to Malkuth (#19 out of 22 pathways)
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Archetypal Energy: Jung – the shadow; story – the madman/woman
Mythological: Selene, goddess of the moon (Greek) and with Artemis, and Persephone, they form a triad; Goddess Luna (Roman) and with Diana, and Proserpina they form a triad. Each is the heaven, the earth, and the underworld respectively.
Numerological: XVIII reduced 1+8 = 9
Please Note: some of these correspondences can differ, especially the astrological and elemental associations, excluding the Kabbalah.
*I personally prefer to attribute all of the Major Arcana to the element Spirit. But his is a choice you must make for yourself.
The number nine is the last of the single digits, the completion of the cycle. This is the higher self; you’ve reached the “horizon” because there is no other single digit to come next therefore, you are looking beyond them. Keywords: endings, completion, fulfillment, conclusion, fruition, reflection.
Related Cards: The Hermit and all the Nines in each suit.
Mysteries, ebb and flow, illusions, delusions, fantasies, self-deception, fear, anxiety, unconscious mind, intuition, overwhelming emotions, psychic awareness.
- Reflection– seeing your reflection in a mirror or in water is dependent upon light and the light of the moon is what illuminates the cat’s reflection. In addition, your reflection under moonlight may be fantasy however, by sunlight, you will see your true self and how you appear to others.
- Pillars (RWS) – the pillars act as a gateway to consciousness/awareness or mysteries.
- Cat/Panther and Dog/Wolf (RWS) – the tamed and the wild; duality.
Moonlight is simply an illusion; the moon itself offers no light of it’s own and merely reflects the light of the sun. Under the moonlit sky, there are creatures of the night that may sneak off to hide out as the sun rises at dawn.
The moon has the power to affect everything, humans included. The word lunatic (13c) derives from Luna (Latin: moon) and is literal for ‘moon-sick’ which defines a periodic insanity dependent on the changes of the moon, so it’s not surprising that the Moon card has a psychological component. This card can indicate a time of fluctuating moods and emotions and difficulties deciding on how to proceed.
The Moon is an introspective card suggesting you to take this moment to look deep within yourself and ask yourself what do you see? Just as the cat sees a panther gazing back, what would you see if you looked in the mirror? Would you see what others see in you or would you’re own eyes deceive you? Would you see your inner strengths as well as your weaknesses? Speaking of which, are you even aware of these weaknesses or possible shortcomings such as fear, anxiety, jealousy, contempt, or envy? You probably are not because they may be repressed in the unconscious, the part of the mind that is unknown to us; your shadow self*, which is a defense mechanism. However, one can work towards becoming conscious of their shadow and one way is through dream analysis and interpretation.
‘‘The shadow is that hidden, repressed, for the most part inferior and guilt-laden personality whose ultimate ramifications reach back into the realm of our animal ancestors and so comprise the whole historical aspect of the unconscious.’’
Further, is it possible you have suppressed negative feelings, thoughts, or past experiences/memories? Burying the past, with the hope of it disappearing, may have the opposite effect. If we do not deal with these struggles and challenges, they can creep out into our present and future thought processes and in turn, cloud our thinking or irrational thoughts can develop. They can cause us to perceive things incorrectly, to be fearful, to distrust others, and so much more that involve self-deception. This is the time to reflect on this past experiences and the feelings and thoughts that are connected to them; to take the necessary steps to deal with them, clear them from your mind, and release them once and for all. During this period, unknown feelings and hidden truths may surface; secrets and mysteries may soon reveal themselves. During a full moon, our intuition or psychic awareness is heightened. Allow your instincts and dreams to guide you.
It may be a lot to handle, but this is the card in between the Star and the Sun. The Star brought hope and healing while the Moon reveals the unknown lurking in the shadows, all leading you to the Sun card – the card of pure joy.
The Moon doesn’t just advise looking at inner influences affecting you. Another aspect of the Moon is this may be a time when things are not as they appear to be and elusive influences may be at work; deception, manipulation, and/or illusions may surround you. Therefore, you should be wary of these and acknowledge they exist. If you deny them or are too idealistic, they can have a negative effect and could block you from succeeding in life.
I wanted to include this scene from the film, The Talented Mr. Ripley because I believe this character’s quote brilliantly portrays how illusions of the night are illuminated by the sun and therefore, it can’t be misconstrued as a dream or nightmare; there no mistake that it’s really happening.
Dickie/Tom (Matt Damon) and Meredith (Cate Blanchett) has just been to the opera and they’re heading back to her place. He explains that his heart instead belongs to Marge. Meredith understands but asks him to meet her the next day.
“Will you meet me tomorrow? Just to say
goodbye in the daylight, properly? So
it’s not just this, it’s too…you should
always save pain for daylight…”
Career: If you are currently employed, The Moon indicates this is a job or career that isn’t a good fit or that you are doubting it and yourself. You are unsure of how to move forward or how to make things better, yet instead of leaving, you stay. This is the time to be honest with yourself and stop denying yourself the success and happiness you deserve. The same holds true if you are currently unemployed and looking for a job.
Another possibility is that all is not what is seems. You or your co-workers are possibly being manipulated or there may be deceptive or dishonest actions at work. If your gut is telling you that something’s not right, listen to it. You may be spot on.
Romance: If you are in a newer relationship, say less than one year, you may not be able to see your relationship clearly, thinking everything is perfect when really it’s not. This would be especially true, if you’re relationship is brand new. When we are falling in love, it’s like being under a spell and we’re not at that place yet when we are revealing our true selves; instead both people are on their best behavior being careful of every word and every move. This makes it difficult for you to be honest about you’re new partner and it’s possible you’ve ignored red flags that you would normally bother you.
Take this time to review these red flags and you may find there were others you missed. Reevaluate this relationship and ask yourself if you really want to continue pretending.
Honestly, the same could hold true for an established relationship. Deep down you know it’s not working but you keep on going, pretending everything is alright when it’s not. Maybe you’re doing this because you have children together or maybe you’re afraid of being alone. There could be many reasons why, but is this really the best path for you? Take this time to evaluate your relationship.
As the moon changes, our emotions fluctuate with it. You may find yourself feeling confused, lacking confidence, or doubting you partner. During this time you can find yourself quarrelling and having mood swings. Try to be aware of these feelings and that they may deceive you. Take a time out; this is may not the best time to address these issues with your partner. However, you should take this time to look within and figure out if there are any underlying influences causing these fluctuations. As I said earlier, you can’t just bury past experiences thinking they’ll be forgotten and will go away. The will always linger and will come out to play when the moment calls for it and that’s when you’re mind will deceive you and your perception of things/people will be off.
If are looking for love, this is definitely not a good time to get involved with someone new due to everything I’ve already described above.
Questions to ask:
- Has your intuition or instincts been trying to tell you something?
- Is it possibly you are in denial regarding your career, love life, etc?
“The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backwards way of assessing and living life.”
– Wayne Dyer
This is my interpretation of this card. It may differ from other Tarotists, and yours as well, and that’s okay. Please work to create your own card meanings; learning the Tarot is not about memorizing.
In addition, remember nuances of the interpretation may differ depending on the Querent’s question, the spread, the surrounding cards, and what your intuition may be telling you at the time.
*If you are unfamiliar with the Jungian term ‘Shadow’, you can read this short article explaining what it means.
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