We have a Full Moon today, and while this may bring about magical feelings of wholeness and ideas becoming reality, the road to culmination of those ideas conceived at the new moon, isn't always bright and shiny. I thought I'd take a look at some of the different journeys through trump XVIII The Moon.
The Margarete Peterson Tarot shows a contemporary look at the traditional image - the crayfish, the towers and the dogs. I wonder if the figures entombed in the stone pillars depict us either facing our dreams and fears, or being bound by them? The reflection in the pool has a third eye, which makes us aware of those fears. There is no hiding place. We can choose to stay submerged in the water, or creep out like the crayfish, pincers raised, protecting what's within. The way is clear and lit by the moon, so we need not stumble around in the dark.
In the Dali Universal Tarot, the towers have become the Manhattan skyline and the crayfish lurks in the corner, unsure of how or even whether to enter the city. Do we want to be a part of something bigger? Are we able to just visit for a time, before returning to our pond? Will our wild side, the dogs, clear our way, or do we just want to make a lot of noise, but venture no further?
Here in The Dragon Tarot, two dragons serenade the moon and the crayfish is already lifting itself out of the gloom and heading for a fully lit path. I see both the wildness of the dragons and the formal structure of the towers. Dragons are fiercely protective; do we head for the safety of the buildings? Or do we ride with our dragon towards and beyond those walls?
The sleeping fairy here in The Victorian Fairy Tarot, shows the vulnerability of sleep, as we let go of one kind of reality and slip into dreamtime. Moths and moon flowers accompany her to other realms where imagination and intuition thrive. The soothing colours offer a gentle journey, not one of failing to find the path through the night.
And what of the journey back? The next couple of weeks of waning moon may see us rid ourselves of superfluous baggage; those fears perhaps, that loomed larger in the darkness but scuttled off when fully illuminated.
I like to think of The Hermit at these times, carrying the light of wisdom in his lamp. The discoveries and self awareness from the outward trip can be delved into and processed on the inward one.
Wishing you brightest full moon blessings,
'Til next time,
Margarete Peterson Tarot
Dali Tarot Universal
The Dragon Tarot: Nigel Suckling
The Victorian Fairy Tarot: Lunaea Weatherstone. Gary Lippincott
The DruidCraft Tarot: Phillip and Stephanie Carr Gomm. Wil Worthington.