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The Moon Tarot Card - Rider Waite, The Fountain Tarot, Tarot de Paris

Rider Waite
The Moon Tarot card is a difficult card for many people to understand, myself included. I learned to read Tarot with the Rider-Waite cards and for a long time I had only an intellectual understanding of the meaning of the Rider-Waite Moon card. The Moon Tarot card meanings seemed broad and vague. The image showed a crayfish emerging from a pond, heading toward a path that led off into the distance between two towers. There were two canines in the middle of the card. One was supposed to represent our wild side and the other our domesticated side(?).  And that moon with its eyes closed, what did that mean? I really struggled with this card for years because I could not fully relate to it.

The Moon card indicates the subconscious (the pond) and the crayfish emerging from the water shows the first steps a person makes toward consciousness. There is an eeriness here because things are not yet clear. It seems this is going to be something scary we must go through in our lives. The landscape becomes austere and foreboding in the distance and it is nighttime. Sometimes this card is thought of as ‘the dark night of the soul.’
The Moon is traditionally a card of intuition, dreams, and striving toward consciousness. It can also indicate illusion, deception, fears and things hidden within the subconscious that need to be released. The wolf can represent what needs to be released from the subconscious. The two towers remind me of the old tales of someone embarking out into the wide world and having to leave the confines of their protective environment to do so… like Bilbo Baggins leaving the Shire.
When I look at this card, I do see things of fear that I can relate to… like the dark. I have never been able to fully overcome my life-long fear of the dark. I can deal with it by going into a dark room by way of the light switch, but walking the dog at night is a scary proposition if there are no street lights. It is odd that I have always loved monster movies in spite of this, but I have noticed there is generally someone in the movie who goes alone into a dark room or alley to investigate some odd sound that is going to turn out to be a monster. (What are they thinking?!) Fear of the dark is a palpable thing you can feel in your stomach and hear in your mind. I can see this reflected in The Moon card.
But what about the good things of the card, like dreams and intuition? And the difficult element of the Shadow? Those are symbolic realms of the moon, to be sure, but I had a hard time seeing them in the Rider-Waite card. Yods are drifting down from the moon in this image, like manna from Heaven. Perhaps the dreams and intuition are represented by these. But I somehow always saw them as protection. (Back to the fear of the dark thing, I guess.) 
And then something happened in my life that broadened my perception of this card. I had a hypnotherapy session wherein my inner self went deep, deep, DEEP underwater. When I reached whatever level I was apparently meant to go, I started swimming upward. Then a hand reached down into the water and pulled me up on the land. This person then led me into a scene where I experienced a regression into an important past life event. As a direct result of this hypnotherapy session, things were released within me that I had not known were there. Because the issue at the root of this experience was healed during that session, I was freed of its subconscious  hold. That hold had been a shadow element for me, of which I was completely unaware. It was something I needed to release and to do that, I had to see it, understand it and re-experience it in an empowering way. This was the key to the release. Once this occurred, my inner life changed in positive ways. This in turn led to positive changes in my outer life. (Doesn’t it always.)
Tarot de Paris
Not too long after that hypnotherapy session, I was working with my Tarot cards and using the Tarot de Paris deck. I love this deck and its deep esoteric underpinnings. On this particular day, The Moon card happened to show up in a spread. As I looked at the card, I noticed the water. Then, immediately, my hypnotherapy session came to my mind and in a flash, I understood The Moon card in a deeper way than ever before. Since that day, I have understood this card as immersing oneself in the dark water of the subconscious. There is a need to go into that water and ’swim’ under and through the mental and emotional constructs we create for ourselves (the cathedral). Like the land path that leads through the towers in the Rider-Waite card, we must strive to get through to the other side, toward the light. The water in the Tarot de Paris Moon card will always speak to me of the need to access the subconscious for wisdom, illumination and wholeness.

The Tarot de Paris Moon card has been my all-time favorite Moon card ever since that revelation. It still is my favorite, but now there is a new Moon card very close behind it, from The Fountain Tarot. The two cards have a lot of similar symbols I can totally relate to. There is that dark, scary water where things can be hidden. There are unique towers. On The Fountain Tarot card there are the faintest forms of the dog and wolf howling at the moon, like on the Rider-Waite card. These are repeated in the gargoyles of the Tarot de Paris card. In both images, there are fear factors shown, yet still a sense of hope and guidance can be seen in the glow of the moon and its reflection on the water of our subconscious. There is a light shining on – and in – the darkness.

If you find yourself struggling to understand this card, I hope these insights will help you. This card is a reminder of the necessity to work through your fears, your shadows and your illusions – even if it is scary and intimidating.  Getting through to the light of understanding will pay off handsomely. Be brave. Have courage and determination. You will find profound truths about yourself within your light.

To read more posts about life reflected in Tarot cards, click on;
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 King of Cups
2 of Swords
International Tarot Day and the 5 of Cups

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Weight Loss Tarot Journal - A Meditation for Me and My Dad - Light Seer’s Tarot

November 23, 2019

What am I likely to find in today’s meditations?
card drawn  -  2 of Cups reversed foundation card  -  Strength deck - Light Seer’s Tarot _________________________________________
I am feeling a fear in my stomach about today’s upcoming meditations to help my and my father’s inner children. Not sure why I feel this way. Fear of the unknown? Fear I might not like something I learn about myself? Not sure.
2 of Cups reversed  -  The energies here flow from the hands into similar golden bowls. But the card is reversed and the energies seem to flow upward. For release? The LWB says this card reversed refers to emotional blocks, not being open to receiving love, and healing past traumas. That sure fits what I will be working on today.  
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Tarot Card of the Day - On the Trump Impeachment

I will preface by saying I am a registered Independent and not a Trump fan. I am alarmed at what I see him and his henchmen doing to our nation through consistent lying and abuses of power.

We tend to draw cards on our worries and today I drew some cards on what might be coming for Trump and, thereby, our nation.  _________________________________________
Will Trump be forced out soon?
5 of Coins reversed + Clarifier Card- 7 of Coins Foundation Card- 9 of Wands
deck used - Tarot Grand Luxe

The cards seem to be saying that Trump will not be forced out soon. He will receive help (5 of Coins reversed) from the Russians (7 of Coins).7 of Coins is my card for the Russians.

Alternatively, the cards could be saying that more information about Trump’s Russian help will come to light but, since my question has to do with Trump’s removal, I will assume the first interpretation is correct in this context.

Foundation Card - 9 of Wands - The Foundation card is …

Happy Thanksgiving! - 10 of Cups - Druidcraft Tarot

πŸ‚πŸ§‘πŸ Happy Thanksgiving! Let us all be thankful for the treasures in our lives. πŸ‚πŸ”ΆπŸ


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Tarot Card of the Day - a Page of Swords as the Trump Impeachment Trial Begins - Tarot Grand Luxe

January 21, 2020

Will justice be served in the Trump impeachment trial?
Page of Swords
Tarot Grand Luxe _________________________________________
This Page, with her prominent dagger, has been showing up in many of my Trump readings. Today, it feels like she is saying that more information is going to come out in the course of this trial and it is going to bring problems for McConnell and Trump. The push right now at the White House and in the Senate leadership seems to be geared to hide the truth and even the trial itself. They don’t want the truth of Trump’s behavior to be known.

But this Page is an analyst. She sees and understands truth, no matter what subterfuge others are trying to maneuver in front of her. And that brooch, with its blue feathers, is over her left eye, the side of connection to the feminine and the inner currents of intuition. The blue feathers connect to Spirit. So this page doesn’t just have a logical mind; she connects to her intuitive side, too. Her inner knowi…

Weight Loss Tarot Journal - Staying on the Path - Gaian Tarot - 7 of Air (Swords)

December 5, 2019
What is a good thing for me to be aware of today?
7 of Air (Swords)
Deck used - Gaian Tarot
When I first drew this card, I was a bit surprised. My understanding of the traditional Rider-Waite version of the 7 of Swords is a thief getting away with stealing. But this image implies something different. In the Gaian Tarot deck, this card is about making a decision to either stay on the trail you are already traveling or looking further to see if there is a revised route that could be even better.

What first jumped out to me was the map, with the mountains drawn in the distance. Sure enough, this hiker stands at a distance from the mountains and is already on the way. But the mountains aren’t the destination - the first lake is. Or so s/he thought when she began this journey. The first lake is where most travelers go. That is the weight loss goal. She’s not there yet but, from her current vantage point, she now has a wider view. She…

Tarot Card of the Day - Ace of Cups on a Wedding Day - Druidcraft Tarot

December 21, 2019
I asked for a message for today and drew the Ace of Cups

DruidCraft Tarot

What a perfect card for today...  I am officiating a wedding this afternoon. 
A wedding is a time of emotional new beginnings for the newlyweds and for all those who love them.  And lucky me, I will get to share in that love and joy today. 
This card is a beautiful reflection of the deeply sincere human emotions we experience at a wedding, as we recognize ourselves in the words of hope and promise that surround the wedding couple. 
Tarot is an amazing mirror of our lives.
... Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’šπŸŒΏ  


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Tarot Card of the Day - 10 of Boons (Pentacles) - Forest of Enchantment Tarot

What is a good message for today?
10 of Boons (Pentacles) reversed 
Deck used - Forest of Enchantment Tarot

Well this message is clear… the Thanksgiving holiday is over. It was wonderful spending days with family, immersed in fun, love and happiness, but all good things have their time. Now it is time to get back to work and normal daily life.

This card is totally right, though. Family is truly a huge boon and blessing in my life... and more family time over the Christmas holidays are right around the corner. 😊❤️


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Trump Impeachment Trial - The Tower - Tarot Grand Luxe

January 23, 2020
Will the Senate vote to remove Trump?
The Tower
Tarot Grand Luxe

As I do Tarot draws about the Trump impeachment trial and post some here, I preface by saying that I am not a fan of our current president. I feel he is a danger to our nation and our ideals and he has corrupted our government. Or perhaps I should say that because his own corruption is so blatant and pervasive, he is bringing the corruption in our government into the light. What I am seeing in Trump and his henchmen is heartbreaking. They are far removed from my own concept of our nation, its principles and what I believe us to be and stand for.

While watching and experiencing this pivotal point in our nation’s history, I am curious to see how the Tarot reflects that. My choice of deck is important. I really like the Tarot Grand Luxe. It is modern, bold, unequivocal and reads very well for me. It is especially powerful for readings on Trump and politics so I bought …

Tarot Card of the Day - Love and Christmas Cookies - The Lovers - Osho Zen Tarot

How I am feeling about this past weekend.
The Lovers
Osho Zen Tarot
This card is right on point. I am still in the glow of spending happy time with my family this past weekend. The over-all meanings of this card are love and connection, with an added element of choice. And all of that showed up this weekend.

The first meaning of The Lovers card is love and connection. We have an annual Family Cookie Day, where we all gather to decorate Christmas cookies. This year it turned into Family Cookie Weekend. The grandkids came over on Saturday to help me roll, cut and bake the cookies and then spend the night. Their parents came over the following morning to decorate the cookies with them. It is always fun having everyone over for this event but having the kids cut and bake the cookies was not a practical idea. Aside from the fact that it was a HUGE mess (oh my goodness!), most of the young hands are not yet skilled enough for rolling the dough. Their m…

Weight Loss Tarot Journal - Wounded Inner Child Meditations - Osho Zen Tarot

November 25, 2019

How am I feeling about my meditations this past weekend?
Participation (4 of Wands)  
Osho Zen Tarot _________________________________________

My meditations to deal with inner child issues for myself and my father were illuminating, moving and deeply effective. I was surprised at the things I found and how I was able to deal with them in powerful ways. It was a giant step forward for me in my personal growth and the reverberations will make a huge difference in my life and my efforts to find the roots of my weight loss issues.

I am so thankful to friends who told me about online guided meditations. I had no idea those free resources are available and was amazed at how many there were. Two sites that were particularly helpful were The Honest Guys and Ellen Sirena. I also used a Biddy Tarot meditation on The High Priestess that helped me see and understand important connections.

My deep appreciation to all those putting such important help out there for all of us to use.