Each Tuesday in February, Iāll post a Moon card from a different deck. Looking at the same card from different decks is one way that I like to study a card. It is always interesting to see new versions and consider other ways of thinking about a card. Because I would, some day, love to resolve my personal issues with The High Priestess, I considered picking her. But no. For some reason, The Moon demanded some airtime.
In general, I find The Moon to be complex and uncertain. I hesitate to read it as too negative because of its association with feminine energy and the goddess. Instead, I try to look at what it is without judging it as āgoodā or ābad.ā The Moon moves through the sky, waxing and waning through its cycles, indicating changability. What might be true today might not be true tomorrow. The Moon reflects light, but it is a shadowy kind of light that conceals as much as it reveals. Things that seem lovely in the moonlight may be monsters by the light of day, and vice versa. The Moon heightens intuition and creativity. It calls forth fears. It creates delusionsā¦or illusions. To me, this card says, ābe careful, things are not necessarily as they seem.ā
I realize The Moon says ever so much more than that. But thatās exactly what we can talk about over the course of this month.
For today, I give you The Moon by Ciro Marchetti from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot.
The Legacy Moon card includes a crab, representing fear; a woman, representing beauty: and a pair of ibises, representing truth. Of this card, Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone have written, āthe mythical becomes real and the real becomes inexplicably beautiful.ā This version, to me, highlights the attractive and hypnotic nature of the moon, the promise it holds of magic and enchantment.