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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;
10 of Water (Cups)
 King of Cups
2 of Swords
International Tarot Day and the 5 of Cups

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30 Day Tarot Challenge - Week 2 - Sept 6-12, 2020 - The Spacious Tarot

Today begins week 2 of our 30 Day Tarot Challenge for September 2020. Throughout this challenge, I will be using the delightful second edition of  The Spacious Tarot. I love its concept of putting the reader into the images by drawing the traditional Rider-Waite concepts in unexpected ways. This has a tendency to bring out new insights, which is another thing I love about this deck.
WEEK TWO September 6-12, 2020 _________________________________________

Day 6 - September 6, 2020 Question - Something I will encounter today

Elder (King)  of Pentacles reversed
foundation card -4 of Swords reversed
The Spacious Tarot 
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WEEK ONE  September 1-5, 2020 ___________________________________________________
Day 1 - September 1, 2020 ___
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WEEK THREE  September 13-19, 2020 ___________________________________________________
Day 13 - September 13, 2020 Question -A message for today

The Sun - The Spacious Tarot
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30 Day Tarot Challenge - Week 4 - Sept 20-26, 2020 - The Spacious Tarot

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WEEK FOUR  September 20-26, 2020 ___________________________________________________
Day 20 - September 20, 2020 Question - Something I should be aware of today _____

2 of Swords reversed - The Spacious Tarot
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Weight Loss Tarot Journal - 10 Pounds Lost! - Ace of Swords - The Druidcraft Tarot

September 3, 2020
Weight Loss Tarot Journal
~ One month on this plan and 10 pounds down! ~
Ace of Swords
Deck - The Druidcraft Tarot
I feel like this card. Excaliber was given to me in the form of a new eating plan to cut out flour and sugar. And I have run with it. Three months ago, I discovered Bright Line Eating, a sensible, logical and practical eating plan that had the same goals I did; to cut out sugar and flour. I liked that they had a road map and hand-holding support to get me started and moving along safely.
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September 19, 2020
Processing the loss of beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
deck used -Oracle of the 7 Energies
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I see in this card the best way to honor her will be to hug ourselves and each other, recognize our connections, and then pick up her gauntle…

Weight Loss Tarot Journal - Psychic Tarot for the Heart - 5 of Swords - The Fool

November 8, 2019
Give me a message for today
Card Drawn  -  5 of Swords reversed Foundation Card  -  The Fool

Deck  -  Psychic Tarot for the Heart
When I got on the scale this morning, my weight had gone up a pound and I had lost most of the small progress (1.3 lbs) made so far. Disappointing!  There is a valid reason we are often cautioned not to get on the scale daily - the disappointment can knock us off our plan. I know this and try to guard against that emotional roller coaster. But for me, the daily morning scale ritual also helps me to know how the foods I ate yesterday affect my body today. Analyzing those fluctuations helps me gather information and - being a Gemini - that is an important part of the weight loss learning curve for me. Even knowing all that, though, it is still disappointing to see the weight go up and not down.

The messages in the cards todayaddress all of this.
5 of Swords reversed - I smiled when I saw the keywords on thi…

Weight Loss Tarot Journal - A Weight Loss Plateau Brings a Surprising Revelation - The Hanged Man - 4 of Swords - Queen of Pentacles - Light Seer’s Tarot

August 10, 2020
Weight Loss Tarot Journal
What has caused my weight loss stall?
The Hanged Man
Foundation Cards - 4 of Swords + Queen of Pentacles
Deck used - Light Seer’s Tarot
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The Foundation Cards - 4 of Swords + Queen of Pentacles - both indicate this is a natural process and a time for heali…

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30 Day Tarot Challenge - Week 4.5 - September 27-30, 2020 - The Spacious Tarot

The last few days of the 30 Day Tarot Challenge! Where does the time go? I thoroughly enjoy our Facebook Tarot group of the same name and our two Tarot challenges each year. We are Tarot readers of all levels and we learn so much through sharing our daily card meanings and how they apply to our lives. It’s a great learning process for all of us.
My daily Challenge cards and interpretations will be included here on my blog and the deck used will continue to be The Spacious Tarot.  I received this deck a couple days before this Challenge began and have been learning it as I go. It is an amazingly accurate deck, with a soft, honest voice, and it has brought out some incredible insights. My thanks to its creators, Carrie Mallon and Annie Ruygt. It is a work of art and depth and I can highly recommend it.
WEEK 4.5  September 27-30, 2020 ___________________________________________________
Day 27 - September 27, 2020 Question - A good message for …