“And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon. “
By now you should be noticing a trend: every single card in the Tarot speaks of some aspect of personal growth and the human condition. If all of us moved in a linear fashion, at the same pace as our peers, we might experience smoother transitions, but man alive we'd be bored to tears.
Life doesn't move in straight lines, it's unnatural, and the forcing of logic and reason upon our inherently cyclical world is a result of mankind's desire to exert some dominion over the mysterious workings of Nature.
No one ever said us humans aren't an arrogant lot. Try as we might, however, this tendency of ours to categorize everything and tie everything up with neat little bows will never make these rotations cease.
After all, how many times have you heard it said that a person will repeat patterns until they've learned the lesson?
We'll continue to date morons until we understand why we're drawn to dolts; we'll continue to take dead-end jobs until we understand why we're compelled to work for the sake of working; we'll continue having the same argument over and over until we realize why we feel compelled sway the mind trapped within a thick skull.
Perhaps if we focused our intent inwardly, rather than outwardly, we'll experience the change we seek.
Within the Tarot, the Moon signifies choice and authenticity. Of all the cards in the deck, it is this one which is referred to as “the karma card”, and in this case karma means “work that needs to be done.” What is this work? Ultimately it is making the all important choice between living authentically, or supporting our false persona or dutiful self.
Is this saying you should go out and just start making decisions all willy nilly because they somehow speak to the needs of your inner child?
Not if those choices ultimately lead to negative consequences. Essentially, the Moon is telling us to take the time to know ourselves better; know what makes us tick, know why we react the way we do to certain stimulus, and possibly find more adaptive and healthier ways of expressing ourselves as a result.
Through self-knowledge we are better capable of making the choice to:
- create a new reality
- maintain the status of our current reality
- release and let go of realities that no longer serve us.
Looking at the card you'll notice the twin Ra kings standing guard at the gates. These Ra kings are sun gods who protect our life force and energy as we change and reclaim our authentic selves. The jackals (symbolizing the Egyptian diety Anubis) are reminders that we must let go of the old in order to pass through the gates and experience something new. While at the bottom of the card we can see a scarab (representing the Egyptian God of Transformations, Kephri) pushing a small version of the sun over the horizon. This homage to the rising sun is symbolic of the renewal of life and the idea of eternal existence.
I've mentioned before, albeit briefly, the Moon represents the universal feminine principle . The ever-changing phases of the Moon and its magnetic pull upon the waters of the earth are representative of our own constantly shifting thoughts and emotions. Being made up of mostly water, we cannot help but feel the tug of the Moon's influence as it transitions from new to full every twenty-eight days. Its magnetic force upon the waters of the earth stands as a reminder to be receptive to the expression of our full nature. Whether we are male or female, the reclamation of our authentic self requires we are open, and introspective, as we work towards revealing ourselves without self-censorship or holding back in any way.
Finally, the Moon is also a symbol of romance. Reminding us that in romantic involvements we see our potential dreams; yet, we're also challenged to remain true to ourselves rather than pretend to be someone we are not. The romantic state can be one of inspiration, or illusion and deception, and the Moon reminds us that we can either reveal, or conceal, our true selves.
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