The Moon

relax into the darkness and take guidance from what is revealed

from New Era Elements Tarot, by U.S. Games

Just as the moon cycles across the sky, revealing different sides at different phases and keeping others hidden in shadow, The Moon card is the self in its complexity. This is an invitation into the deep waters of the subconscious and psychic realm. What part of the psyche is driving the current situation? The two wolves often included in the card’s imagery (one soft and one fierce) remind us of the Cherokee legend of the two wolves dueling inside each of us, with the winner being the one that we are feeding.

When The Moon pulls back the tides, that which had been submerged is exposed. If we allow ourselves to relax into the darkness, emotional and psychic gifts may be revealed, guiding us to deeper mysteries and meanings. It’s wise to remember that the psyche speaks in symbols, and to pay attention to dreams and other messages. We may also consider the cyclical aspect of the moon as it relates to our own cycles — not only the 28-day period of menses but any, such as bipolar cycles and others.

(-) In resistance, we find the situation at hand unclear and are confused, or we misunderstand it (are we lost in self-deception?). We may deny our intuitive voice, allowing only rational thought.

(+) In excess, our moodiness fluctuates and may be unstable. Things are not as they seem. We allow ourselves to fall into the depths of our darkest shadows, even losing touch with reality in a state of psychosis.

Questions we may be prompted to ask when this card comes up include

  • What internal part is driving the current situation?
  • How can you access and honor your occluded parts?
  • What did you dream about last night? What meanings or messages do you think lie in those visions? What parts of the Self had a role?
  • How have you been disillusioned? Is this a repeating cycle?

What else? The archetypes of the majors are complex and you may have other insights. How has this card come up for you? What are some examples of this card’s energies?

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