Our sojourn with the Star has caused feelings of peacefulness, well-being and hope to bloom within us, so we enter the realm of the Moon completely unaware of the effect that it will have. Suddenly that well-being has turned into confusion, illusion, and dismay. It’s as though we’ve been plonked down into a maze at midnight with no clue which direction to take. The Moon’s ethereal light does not help; it simply causes menacing, deceptive shadows to scare and hinder us. How will we find our way back to normality?
The Moon has been a mystery since man first bowed down to her in awe. We still don’t know how much humans are affected by her cycles. We are made of so much water, and water is the plaything of the Moon.
Researchers at the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Basel discovered that subjects of a sleep study slept 30% less deeply and took longer to get to sleep during the three days around full Moon — even though there were no windows or natural light source where the volunteers slept.
The Moon reflects fears and worries. It only partially illuminates the pathway with the result that the seeker feels lost and confused. What appeared to be clear now becomes murky. It’s as though there is some external force disturbing the equilibrium. Perception is changed and distorted; the reality is not quite as real as it should be.
On the upside, creativity is increased — the Moon magnifies and enhances the imagination. So if you are a writer, an artist, a poet or anything that requires a roaming mind then let yourself become immersed in your art.
When the Moon appears in a reading, it modifies all the other cards, showing that all may not be as transparent as you think it is. There are hidden facets of the situation that need to be dragged out into the light.
The key to dealing with this phase is to simply stop floundering around and pay attention to your gut feeling; your intuition. Everything and everyone you encounter causes a reaction inside, but over the years most have become numb to those feelings. With a little self-training, you can tune into the finer emotions that comprise your inner guidance.
One other aspect of the Moon card is related to psychic awareness. We all have more psychic abilities than we know, and the Moon represents all things paranormal. Don’t ignore those deja vu moments or instant ‘knowing’ flashes; they all mean something.
The main elements in the Moon card are the Moon itself and water. Often it is illustrated by two animals howling at the Moon; a dog and a wolf which represent our tamed, controlled nature alongside our primeval wilder unconscious. In the Waite deck, a pathway winds between two solid-looking towers and off into the distance toward a range of mountains. In the foreground, a crustacean – no-one can agree whether it is a crayfish or a lobster – crawls out of the pond to bathe in the moonlight.
The Moon itself is illustrated in the three visible phases, crescent, half and full. The half-moon takes the form of a woman’s profile. Her eyes are closed. Fifteen petal-like Yods float in the sky beneath the Moon.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
You may be experiencing uncertainty at work. You feel a little ill at ease, as though something is going on, and you are not being made aware of it. Your intuition is probably right. Do nothing at this time; you are not in a position to make a decision. Wait until the facts become clear.
When the Moon card turns up in connection to a question regarding a new job, take heed — it won’t be what you are being led to believe it is. Certain information is being withheld.
If you are in love, beware. You might be caught in a web of deceit. The person you are in love with is not showing their true self. There may be a good reason for this, so for now give them the benefit of the doubt but keep your truth antennae on alert.
The Moon card in a reading about finding love reminds you to move forward cautiously. This is not a good time to commit.
When you draw this card in answer to a question about an established relationship, it usually means there are uncomfortable undercurrents. Something needs to be worked out, but you have to wait until the time is right.
Restraint and caution are the keywords of the day. You don’t have all the information you need to make a wise financial decision. Other people’s priorities, hidden from your view, may be affecting your finances.
Spending money on a large ticket item is not a good idea – the Moon will often warn of breakdowns and things going wrong. Give it a week or so and draw another card to avoid making an expensive, time-consuming mistake.
You may be experiencing health issues right now. The Moon is often connected to cyclical problems such as menstruation and fertility as well as circulation, lymph glands, and the immune system. There could be confusion deciding which course of treatment to pursue. Use your gut instinct and remember that there may be further pertinent information to dig up.
Often the Moon reflects the need to look after your mental health as well as your physical well-being. Sleeping problems should be addressed. Check that you don’t have any electronic devices nearby when trying to sleep. Turn off your WiFi, leave your cellphone elsewhere and unplug the TV, if you have one, in your bedroom.
When the Moon regularly appears in readings connected to spirituality, be prepared to explore the dark side. The Moon encourages you to engage with your shadow personality – we are all an amalgamation of good and bad to some degree.
Your mind and spirit are receptive right now so connect with your intuition and learn how to develop your psychic powers. We all have them.