The Moon Artwork Description
“The distinction between this card and some of the conventional types is that the moon is increasing on what is called the side of mercy, to the right of the observer. It has sixteen chief and sixteen secondary rays. The card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit. The path between the towers is the issue into the unknown. The dog and wolf are the fears of the natural mind in the presence of that place of exit, when there is only reflected light to guide it.” 1
The Moon Associations
- Eighteen: 18 Illusion, Submission.
- Element: water.
- Rune: Isa “Ice”.
- Crystal/Gem: Moonstone.
- Kabbalah: Qoph “Back of Head”.
- Astrological: Pisces.
- Astronomical: Alpha Centauri.
The Moon Basic Meaning
Visions, hallucinations and illusions. Instinct and intuition. Misguidance, insanity, and madness. Confusion. Any submissive qualities (such as bad relationships, or substance abuse) will be magnified or will become dangerous for the Querent as it will put them in a dark place, and their reactions will be insensible. They will be emotional, sensitive, and their actions will be irrational. Although a place of darkness and confusion, this allows for creativity and artistic talents to flourish. Controlling the darkness results in the product of creative genius, giving into it results in unexplained behavior. Introversion and depression.
The Moon Controversies and Observations
“Some eighteenth-century cards show the moon on its waning side; in the debase edition of Etteilla, it is the moon at night in her fullness, set in a heaven of stars; more recently, the moon has been shown on the side of her increase. In nearly all presentations she is shining brightly, and shedding the moisture of fertilising dew in great drops. Beneath there are two towers, between which a path winds to the verge of the horizon. Two dogs, or alternatively a wolf and dog, are baying at the moon, and in the foreground there is water, through which a crayfish moves towards the land.” 1
“Meaning: Hidden enemies, danger, calumny, darkness, terror, deception, error.
Reversed: Instability, inconstancy, silence, lesser degrees of deception and error.” 1
“Intuition; deception; night work; hidden dangers; instinct; struggle for sanity; change; possible confusion; magick; gossip; stuck between a rock and a hard place; self-esteem issues; empathic.” 2
“Basic Tarot Symbols: A full moon (with a crescent within), twin pillars, two dogs/wolves howling, a stream that runs to the ocean, a crayfish emerging out of the water.
Basic Tarot Meaning: With Pisces as its ruling sign, the Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. At its darkest this can be a very scary card warning the querent of hidden enemies, mental illness, alcoholic blackouts or a bad drug trip. At its very best, however, the Moon is a card of genius, of mental breakthroughs, astonishing creativity, powerful magic, and intuition.
The querent who gets this card should be warned that they may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial, a time when they’ll do things that seem to make sense to them, yet when they come out of it they’ll wonder, ‘Why did I do that? It makes no sense!’ Their mind will be playing tricks on them, and so this is not a good time for making decisions that require rational thought and a clear head.
This card can, likewise, signal a crazy time for relationships. Whirlwind romances, powerful and dreamlike, but not trustworthy. For families and friends this is a time of emotional ups and downs.
If the querent has any past mental problems, they must be vigilant in taking their medication and seeing their therapist. They should avoid recreational drugs or alcohol, they will have a bad reaction if they take either. At the same time, the Moon signals great creativity, enhanced psychic powers, visions. The querent’s judgment may not be trustworthy, but they will have intuitive flashes that are remarkably accurate.
Thirteen’s Observations: This is the card of that scary, dreamy, secret otherworld where lies the most powerful and dark magic and artistic talents. Thus, it is the card for the most extreme types who seem to be straddling that line between artistic genius and psychopath.
Here are the wild, mean, crazy drunks who produce groundbreaking works with pen or paintbrush. Here are the musicians with wicked mood swings, dark, dark, dark depressions and charming manic modes. These men and women have no inhibitions and don’t even try to control themselves in polite society. Their crazy behavior is sometimes inspired, sometimes horribly embarrassing, even unbelievable and often dangerous. But the art, poetry, music they produce….it’s magic.
This is also where seers, mediums and holy men/women find themselves after weeks of fasting, prayers and meditation, when they finally have that holy vision. Here is the magical forest in fairy tales, the wasteland in myths where heroes meet with spirits, oracles, sphinxes and their own shadow selves. There is no predicting what will happen when we go to this land in dreams or while hallucinating on mushrooms. And there is no predicting how it will change us. The Moon is the wild card of the Major Arcana.
When I get this card, I let the querent know they’re in for an emotional and mental rollercoaster ride. They’re going to be moody, sensitive, and a little irrational. They can do two things, either wander through this crazy, lunatic landscape howling at the moon (get drunk, wallow in depression, alienate friends and family with wild, antisocial behavior), or get in a boat and go through it purposefully. Meaning that they should probably take up painting, writing poetry or some other creative endeavor where they can transform all they’re seeing and feeling into something beautiful.” 3
Axank’s Dream Recollection
January 12-13, 2012
Had 2 or 3 dreams, but the probably more symbolic one was of myself with (possibly family or just strangers) in a “forest”. There were a lot of roots and branches all piled up on each other umbrellaed by treetops that hung down really low. I think it was an accident, but some one destroyed a branch at the top of the slope against the cliffside, and an entire chunk of the root system came apart with it. We continued down the slopa of branches and almost a tree-graveyard of a forest. The Moon could possibly refer to the collapsing and dangerousness of a situation.