The 18th Major Arcanum
image: a dog and a wolf baying at the rising moon by a body of water, or an owl flying beneath a full moon over water with swimming fish
Hebrew letter: Qoph
Divinatory meaning: delusion, the unknown, intuition
Path on the Tree of Life: the 29th path connecting Malkuth to Netzach.
Qabalistic Description. The 18th Key, the 29th Path. The Ruler of Flux and Reflux, the Child of the Sons of the Mighty. The path of the Moon connects Netzach and Malkuth. Qoph means the back of the head, i.e. the Subconscious. It is the path of Corporeal Intelligence, making physical life possible but also instigating the animal lusts and fantasies that must be relegated by the conscious mind.
Card Description. Here is a river of the troubled waters of Night, wherein is a crayfish, counterpart of the Scarab. From the water's edge winds the dark path of toil, effort and possible failure. It is guarded by the threatening watchdogs, seeking to intimidate the wayfarers, while in the distance the barren hills are surmounted by the frowning fortresses still further guarding the way to attainment. It is the path of blood and tears in which fear, weakness, and fluctuation must be overcome. The colors are dark crimson, reddish brown, brownish crimson and plum colors—but their somber hues are lightened by the translucent faint greens and yellows to be found in their counterparts.
Interpretation. Dissatisfaction, voluntary change (unlike that of the Death card). Error, lying, falsity, deception. The extent all depends on this card’s relationship to others in the spread.
Psychological Value. This card can be used to increase your power of reasoning and logic, and can enable you to change bad habits and to travel with ease. She helps you to be in touch with the feminine side that exists in every person, helping you to become well-adjusted to whatever society you live in. She also helps you to become more creative, but also cautious and thrifty. She can help you change the circumstances that hold you back from realizing your goals.
This Arcanum represents the unconscious part of your psyche. The Moon corresponds to different Divinities which are frequently linked to different phases. Thus, the Moon may be associated with both Artemis and Hecate. In her character, Hecate summarizes the characteristics of the Moon; the Earth, the subterranean, and the realm of shadows. She is associated with magic, mysteries and occult powers. She is the original power present in your unconscious which creates all mental forms and brings the manifest world into existence.
She helps you to think about the relatedness of things; to move from one thing to the next and see the relationship among things, ideas and places that sometimes seem far apart. Hecate is a symbol of your memory; the sum of your experiences in their entirety. This ability to remember is a source of wealth, but it can also immobilize you if you become stuck in the past. As a result of the fact that she represents both past and present in its entirety, she symbolizes the nourishing, maternal and protective aspects of consciousness. The character of the Moon by-passes the use of logical analysis. She represents that knowledge that remains hidden from those whose heart is impure. (According the Divine Tarot of Aurum Solis - Divinity: Selene; Greek Letter: Alpha.)
Source: Slate, J. & Weschcke, C.: The Llewellyn Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment, 2011, Llewellyn.
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