(Card Descriptions Based On Original Rider-Waite Colors – Still Under US Games Inc. Copyright)
Astrological Association – Cancer
After the peace and quiet of The Star when you were allowed to take your time recovering from the trauma of The Tower, life now expects you to get back out there and complete the rest of your journey on the path of life and ultimately, you true Spiritual Destiny.
In The Star, we stood, stripped naked of all the things that were holding us back from our spiritual path with no false Gods to prop us up. We felt the relief and freedom of being liberated from such a false existence. Now however, the challenge is to take those first steps into our new life, with our new understanding of who we are and where we want to go. We may still be feeling the after-effects of The Tower. Indeed we may still be grieving for all that was lost even though we know it was bad for us. They were our crutches in life and now they are gone. Now we are expected to step outside the front door again and into unknown territory. We may know what we want to be and where we want to go, but experience has taught us the hard way that the road to self-realisation, success and our spiritual purpose is never straight. We know from experience, that it is very easy to get lost along the way or be lured down wrong turns by those who claim to know the way. The holiday period of The Star is over and the hard-work of re-building out of the ruins begins. Before we can go racing down the road into our new life, we must first experience the powerful yet unnerving energy of The Moon and delve into the deepest darkest areas of our subconscious.
The Moon is very much about been on your own and having to sort all this out for yourself. It is no good expecting others to do it for you, for they may not know what is needed. They may lead you astray and have ulterior motives. They may even try to deceive you. It is a time to find your own way. Yes, you may be in foreign territory but when The Moon appears you must face your fears and move forward regardless. Maybe you are worrying about nothing. Your fears are all in your mind and will never be realised.
In this card we see a large Moon shining brightly in the sky. The face in the Moon appears to be asleep or trying to sleep. Once more we see the pool of The High Priestess, Temperance and The Star in the foreground. A crayfish crawls out from its murky depths and onto the path. The Two Towers which we have seen in other cards appear yet again but this time seem very far from each other. Two animals, a dog and a wolf howl at the moon. A pathway runs from the pool between the Two Towers and disappears into the far off mountains.
The distance between the Towers suggests the isolation we often feel when we strike out on a personal journey after having left an old way of life behind. It can be frightening and unnerving as we may no longer have anyone to support us. We may have had to leave everyone behind on our quest.
The sleeping face in The Moon symbolises the need to look within for support and guidance, for that is where the answers lie. Seek within for the strength and courage you need for this journey as others cannot help you with this. The Moon illuminates the sky while we are asleep but she will also illuminate your inner-world, deep within the subconscious, where true wisdom lies. This suggests that The Moon indicates a time when important messages and guidance are contained within your dreams and it would be wise to pay special attention to them.
The Moon reflects on the pool of water which symbolises the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind takes over when we sleep thus allowing the conscious mind to take a break. The subconscious through dream time attempts to sort out the chaos of the conscious mind and solutions to the problems and worries of the waking day. If you cannot sort out your problems through logical thought then sometimes it is advisable to ‘sleep on it’.
The dog and wolf represent the outside world of everyday demands and people pulling us this way and that. They howl at the moon wanting her undivided attention and try to wake her from her reverie. She needs all her strength and willpower to shut them out so that she can be still. The dog and wolf try to frighten her with threats and fears of what may be ahead for her on the path should she decide to venture onto it alone. They howl in fear themselves.
Remember that if the Moon is out then it must be night-time and everything always seems worse at night. Just try sitting in your front room one night with all the lights out. curtains closed and television off. Not as easy as you think, for those things that seem harmless objects during the day take on ominous shapes and cast eerie shadows in the dark. Our imagination can go wild and we can believe all sorts of threats and evils lurk in every corner. Now try walk from your front room up the stairs by all those open bedroom doors. Your safe comfy house can take on a totally different atmosphere when plunged into the dark. Even the biggest, strongest man if honest with himself will admit to being a bit nervous under such circumstances. The Moons brings the warning to ‘tread carefully’, because not everything may be as it seems. The Moon casts shadows and there may very well be something nasty lurking in them. Lies, deceit, underhand behaviour, intrigue and suspicion may be around when The Moon appears.
The Moon is very symbolic to witches and pagans who use the time of the new, waxing, full and waning quarters for magic and spell-making so witchery of some sort may be afoot. Astral travel, mediumship ability, and other psychic abilities may be highlighted with the appearance of The Moon. The Moon Card can also suggest working with the dying or the dead.
The crayfish emerging from the water reminds us of the time when we first crawled out of the water and learned to live on land. So this time is part our own evolution and spiritual progress. However daunting this path may seem it is important that we take it for the lessons it will teach us are vital. The challenge of The Moon is to make it through the Towers and up into the mountain without dying of fear and petrification. We may feel lonely or deserted on our path but nothing of worth ever comes easily.
The Moon is all about the imagination and the imagination can be very powerful. We can use our imagination creatively or it can use and abuse us by creating terror and fear in us. The Moon is one of the cards for the Sun-Sign of Cancer, along with The Chariot and the Queen of Cups. We saw in The Chariot how one of the lessons and challenges Cancerians face is to get their emotions under control in order to succeed. We also know that Cancerians have a wonderful imagination, and when put to proper and positive use they can express it through a host of create pursuits. It is when the imagination is let run wild, the mind can become paralysed with fear and believe all sorts of crazy things. This dysfunctional imagination often prevents or stilts personal growth and development.
The word lunacy comes from the word luna which means the moon and The Moon card may indicate mental problems of some sort that need to be addressed. The Moon is a very important part of the journey but it is wise not to stay under her influence for too long for there is the possibility of becoming detached from reality, preferring to stay in a world of dreams, fantasy and illusion. The Moon as we know, is the Mistress of Illusion and will reflect back to us anything she so chooses. We must determine if that which she reflects is real or just a figment of our imagination.
Before we can appreciate what The Sun Card (the outer-world) has to offer we must first come to terms with our inner world, calm our instinctual fears, and find inner peace . On the other side of the mountain at the end of the path The Sun awaits our arrival.
When The Moon appears in a reading she suggests it is time to pay attention to your dreams for they may be trying to tell you something of importance. She asks you to reflect on what your inner voice is telling you. Try not to be sidetracked by others or be swayed by their emotions. Stick to your guns for you are the best judge of things at the moment.
You may feel very isolated at this time as you move away from one life to another. You must tread carefully. Keep your feet on the ground and a grip on your emotions and imagination. You may feel lost and scared with all that is expected of you or after what you have been through. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Face your fears now for they may not be as bad as you think.
Deep memories of times long past, buried issues or repressions may be surfacing leaving you feeling vulnerable and confused. This could have a destabilising effect on you until you get to the bottom of it. There may be something that you are trying to remember, but like a dream, becomes elusive once you try to focus on it.
When it comes to relationships then the appearance of The Moon may suggest trouble behind the scenes. On the outside, everything seems rosy but delve deeper and you may well find a hornet’s nest. The happy couple may only be an illusion. There may be deceit or underhand behaviour, so watch out for affairs and secret rendezvous. However, don’t let your imagination get carried away with you as he may have a very good excuse for that lipstick on his collar!
The Moon suggests you look very closely behind the outward appearance of things for they may not be what they appear to be. Lies and deceit may surround you. Someone may be very pleasant and friendly to your face but behind the scenes are plotting, scheming, gossiping or working against you. This will be underhand and covert so you will need to dig deep behind the illusion in front of you. It is a time to trust no one but yourself. The Moon may illuminate your friends in a new light and leave you feeling confused as to who you can trust and whether you have any friends at all. Something you imagine to be dangerous may not be or something you believe is benign may be the lethal.
The Moon also carries a warning that if you are involved in any underhand, illegal or shady business you may get caught. You will not be able to hide in the dark when she bathes your behaviour and doings in her illuminating light so, it is best clean up your act while you can.
The Moon symbolises Mother and may be highlighting issues about the relationship you have with your own mother or your own approach to motherhood.
Sleep disturbances or exhaustion after a night’s sleep may be down to intense dreaming. You should keep a dream journal and record as much detail as you can recall during this time. The Moon has very powerful influences on the incoming and out going of tides. It’s presence in the night sky can affect our moods making us emotional and weepy. The feminine aspect of The Moon and its monthly cycle is symbolic of the female menstrual cycle. The Moon’s presence in a reading can highlight hormonal fluctuations that may be causing mood swings and instability.
Now Go To The Moon Reversed