18 The Moon
Keywords: women’s mysteries; secrets; occult mysteries; lies; deception; goddess power; polar opposites
Archetypes: Mother Goddess; Dorian Gray; feminists; Katherine Hepburn; Hecate
Astrological Sun Sign/Pisces
Upright Interpretation: The Moon is every beautiful exquisite torturous moment of deception and denial. It’s the mystery of truth. The Moon propels us forward, to venture deep within ourselves. It bathes us with the silver light of self-awareness. For some Pagans, this card exemplifies the Goddess and all her feminine mystery. For others it’s an unnameable energy that envelops them in personal awareness, revealing misconceptions, secrets that are whispered on the winds, a darkness so intense we cannot bear to look upon it, yet so beautiful, we cannot stand to look away.
Reversed Interpretation: The dark aspects of our psyche, and often of someone connected to us, is intensified. The mystery is deeper, the deception more twisted, the energy more unsettled. The Moon like this is a warning. Take heed, it says, the gray-black mists of the inevitable are slowly winding their way through the corners of your life, and if you don’t take action, they will catch up to you. And you’ll look at it, mesmerized by the beauty and mystery of it all, and you’ll have to pause to wonder…Do you want to change your course, or do you want to embrace it?
1. What is your first impression of this card?
2. What does this card mean to You?
3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.
4. How does this card define relationships?
5. How does this card define financial circumstances?
6. How is this card relevant to health issues?
Affirmations for Meditation:
1. I embrace the Feminine Divine in me.
2. I embrace the energy of the Moon.
3. I follow the Magick.
4. I have learned to discern a liar.
5. I grow stronger and more beautiful each day.
A Tarot Reading for The Moon:
The Moon ~ The World; Justice; Queen/wands
You send us through portals on a whim and a prayer, ignoring our pleas and screams of protest, unaware yourself of where this new passageway will take us. You just know that we have to go. You grab us by the shoulders and stand us before a mirror, forcing us to look at ourselves, our lives, and our direction with unabashed clarity and often cruel introspection. Be gone self-deception, you command. Finish what you start; wipe the slate clean; find the truth; avoid the dark places if possible…all these you whisper in our ear.
Life isn’t always fair, you state firmly and calmly, almost nonchalantly. Justice is subjective, just like art. It all depends upon your perspective as to whom is getting the fair end of the stick. Again, warnings of deception, whether coming from outside sources, or from the dark corners of our own minds, filter through the symbolism on your face, the images you carry. You are rife with warnings, really wanting us to avoid the pitfalls and potholes before us, but knowing that we must choose to do so, we must choose our path, we must learn by our mistakes…and we must learn by our victories.
You tell us to get a firm grasp on life; be vigilante; be forceful when the need arises; avoid the dark side of life, the dark side of our psyche, but don’t be afraid to go there when necessity rears its ugly head. Be in control, be strong, get organized, don’t waver before duty, don’t cower before life.
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