The Moon Tarot Card
Our Fool adventurer continues their Major Arcana Journey, encountering the radiant, dark, elusive and mysterious moon. Attributed to many Goddesses and a few Gods, the moon is a divine and wondrous sphere orbiting the earth. The moon’s presence causes the effect of tides and currents on our planet’s oceans and a reference point for our lives, waxing and waning through the seasons reminding us of the constant, cyclical flow of one phase to another.
Traditionally the Moon card is the symbol of the deep unconscious rising up into awareness. This may bring to light hidden secrets, buried passions and unrealized dreams. The Moon is sometimes a warning of deception, lies, dark fantasies and tricky enchantments. Beware the enchanter…like the pied piper, the sound of the flute is beautiful but may be leading us into a dark and wary forest.
However, the Moon also has the potential to aid in our healing of these buried qualities, to illuminate and guide us through the murky waters of our unconscious toward transformation and the powerful reminder that all things move in cycles. The moon is a symbol of love without names or forms, its light reflecting the sun’s brilliance, which is simply a star in the vast universal dance. Thus the light of the moon dances with the Star’s energy, bridging us to the Sun’s awareness.
This past summer brought change in my relations (again! this tumult of life) and I found myself face to face with my own yearning, something I have danced with my entire life. As a writer, I wade through the rivers of mystery, glorifying my nostalgia and accessing my inner world to bring forth treasures in the form of words. This is a wondrous and rich journey and also fanciful, romantic, sometimes defeating and disillusioning. Being a dreamer, a lover, an adventurer and a sentimentalist can lead to precarious edges, windy roads and unknown curves…both incredibly breathtaking and immensely heartbreaking.
As a dear friend once asked, “Are our hearts not made to be broken?” Indeed they are, again and again to reveal the inner essence of your true being. This revelation is what incredible teacher Rashani Réa calls the unbroken, that inner light of truth which permeates all of the universe. Through ceaseless change of this life we slowly erode the false identities, illusions, enchantments to discover our true nature.
There is some kiss we want
with our whole lives,
the touch of spirit on the body.
Seawater begs the pearl
to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild darling.
At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.
We yearn for this divine touch of spirit…all of us. In our culture it takes the form of romantic connection. During my years living in India I discovered the culture of yearning for the divine, the connection to the guru or teacher, the yearning for the Beloved which permeates the myths, stories and the land. Either way, we are yearning for wholeness…with the truth being that we are never not whole. The moon is always there, in the sky, whether we see it or not. Whether full gleaming white, round yellow, crescent or absent, the moon is still there, regardless of form.
I sat contemplating this yearning while out on beautiful wild land at a festival, gazing at the summit of Mount Adams which fit between two slender oak trees in my view. I saw the peak, still covered in snow shining against the long blue backdrop of early summer sky. The guidance that came to me was: ‘Yearning is on the other side of solitude.’ That to flip yearning over, like a coin, we discover the eternal rest of our soul in the truth of our own alone~ness. That although we may have many friends, relations, coworkers, family, business…in essence we are alone. Not lonely…but a~lone.
The precious blessing of solitude shines down on me when I am with the moon at times. Reminding me that around the world, we all see the same moon and yet we are all on our own perfect, distinct unique journey. My view of the moon at this moment will always be different from yours…and never repeated. How remarkable! How miraculous.
This week…spend time with the moon. What is the feeling that fills the heart when you gaze at the waning moon during these darkening autumn days? When do you discover your true aloneness? Rest quietly in solitude either early in the morning or late at night, listening the quietness of the moon. The moon brings dissolution of illusion and it also brings about guidance and clarity beyond the darkness.
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