“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
~ Frank Herbert
After exploring the outward-looking and future-oriented Star card, we now turn our eyes (or should that be third eye?) inward and to the mists of the past with the watery Piscean Moon card. The energy card also cares for and directs care toward others but more at the level of emotions. It’s a card of compassion, selfless love and courage to face our deepest fears… the fears that run so deep that we spend most of our lives being in denial about them. The following quote by John Lennon is another good fit for this card.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
~ John Lennon
The push and pull between love and fear is explored ‘in extremis’ in the Moon card space because it covers the subconscious as well as what has already surfaced into waking awareness. What you dream of falls under the auspice of this card and especially dreams that help you understand your own emotions and relationships.
An example of such dreams are dreams about snowy landscapes that are common right before a break-up. Snow symbolises frozen emotions. Relationships have to either evolve or die… Another example would be dreaming of a tsunami around the point you fall in love with someone because you fear being overwhelmed by your emotions.
On a Chakra level, the Moon corresponds with the Third Eye and could indicate psychic ability or development of talents in this area as well as dreamwork. You can meditate with the Moon card for a while before going to sleep in order to better connect with messages from the subconscious.
Too much of the energy of the Moon can make us confused or dazed. It’s a card of altered consciousness, both natural and drug-induced. On the most mundane level, it can simply mean drunkenness.
In relationships, when the Moon card comes up, a need for forgiveness as well as clarity can be indicated. If things are polarised and you can’t seem to find a middle ground, you may have to agree to disagree because there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ here… It is also one of the main past-life/karmic indicators.
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Archangel: Sachiel, Asariel and Sandalphon
Chakra: Third Eye
Colour: Purple, crimson
Crystal: Amethyst, pearl, sapphire, emerald
Body: The pineal gland, lymphatic system, bodily fluids, feet
Exercise: Floating, sweating it out with Bikram yoga
Stance/Pose: Moon salutations
Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Any potions that alter your state of consciousness
Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Hermit
Associated Minor Arcana Cards:
8 of Cups (Saturn in Pisces). It’s time to move on from an emotionally stagnant situation.
9 of Cups (Jupiter in Pisces). Seek joy with all your might. Happiness is a choice.
10 of Cups (Mars in Pisces). Learn to recognise the ebb and flow of your life force energy so that you learn to flow with rather than work against your natural rhythm.
King of Cups (Fire of Water) – Turn to a mental health care professional or counsellor if you need help with depression or talk therapy of some sort.
Remedies to increase the energy of The Moon in your life
- You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Moon card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online
- Stop using fluoride (it destroys the pineal gland)
- Eat/drink substances that alter your state of consciousness
- Incubate a dream
- Keep a dream journal
- Meditate on your deepest fear
- Forgive someone
- Ask for forgiveness
- Swim underwater
- Drink water
Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Moon card
- Do maths
- Play chess
- Go running
- Argue for the sake of starting an argument
- Bake bread or engage in any grounding/practical activity
- Light a fire
- Wear yellow
Affirmation: “I compassionately and fearlessly accept and flow with my emotions.”
LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS
The Moon is, together with the Neptunian Hanged Man, the most nebulous Major Arcana card. It deals with everything we’d rather shove into the dusty and cobwebbed storage facilities of our subconscious.
The problem with all the stuff we refuse to process in the light of our conscious mind is that it tends to creep up on us in the form of anxiety. This is the reason why one of the keywords for The Moon is ‘fear.’
Astrologically, The Moon corresponds to the Zodiac sign of Pisces and the 12th House. The Piscean and 12th House energies are all about dreams, intuition, compassion, sacrifice, escapism, addiction, sensitivity, imagination and idealism.
So how does The Moon reflect (pardon the pun) on a relationship?
If it describes the quality of your relationship, it means that you are likely to project a lot onto your partner. One or both of you are not wanting to own your shit and therefore assign unsavoury characteristics, traits or habits to your partner instead.
For instance, together with The Tower or the reversed Chariot, The Moon is a strong indication of passive aggression and projecting one’s own anger onto the other. This could be the person who says that anger is ‘alien’ to them. (Anger is not alien to anyone… unless you actually are an alien.)
When The Moon characterises a Lover, it is someone highly imaginative but perhaps a bit out of touch with reality – ‘head in the clouds’ type of person. Or it could be someone with addiction issues. Look for reversed court cards next to The Moon for this.
If The Moon shows up together with one of the ‘falling in love cards’ such as The Lovers, the Knight of Cups or the 2 of Cups, it can indicate a need to be wary of those perfectly rose-tinted glasses. Are things really what they seem? Perhaps you should check what that slightly paler bit of skin on his left ring finger means before you jump in the sack with him.
To a single person, The Moon could also be a call for a much-needed reality check. It could signify someone who is too easily lead and puts out on the first date. And yes, this goes for both sexes!
Sexually, The Moon is card which describes our longing to completely merge with our beloved – not just physically but on a deep soul level. Does his kiss make you feel drunk? Congratulations, you have entered the Magic Lunar Love Sphere! Do you feel as if you’re travelling at the speed of light to unknown galaxies when you gaze into his eyes? It’s that Moon Beam again!
A love affair that happens under the auspice of The Moon can be scary. You may feel completely out of control. One or both of you may feel as if you’re losing your sense of self. Just being aware of this helps. Once you realise what has happened, you can remind yourself of your boundaries. When The Moon is the main player, it is extra important to keep doing the things you did before you met, as well as keep in touch with your old friends. Stay grounded and keep it real!