Friday, January 11, 2013

XVIII The Moon

XVIII The Moon

Keywords: Apprehension, Anxiety ridden, Bewilderment, Bizarre, Completion, Confusion, Deception, Disoriented, Distracted, Dreams, Fantasy, Fear, Fulfillment, Illusion, Imagination, Intuition, Lack of clarity, Lack of courage, Not living in reality, Outlandishness, Phobias, Self-deception, Silence, Unreal, Unusual thoughts, Visions, Wandering aimlessly

Reinforcing Card Possibilities:

Seven of Cups - Illusion, Unrealistic ideas, Fantasy
Two of Swords - Self-deception, Not seeing the truth
Eight of Swords - Confusion, Lack of clarity

Opposing Card Possibilities:
Star - Being serene, Untroubled, At peace
Sun - Assurance, Clarity, Enlightenment

Feeling fear!
Releasing inner demons
Feeling a nameless apprehension
Suffering from phobias
Giving in to the shadow self
Lacking courage
Being overcome by anxieties

Believing illusions!
Accepting a false picture
Deceiving yourself
Having unrealistic ideas
Misapprehending the truth
Experiencing distortions
Chasing after a fantasy
Stimulating the imagination
Having vivid dreams or visions
Opening to fantasy

Plumbing the unconscious!
Entertaining unusual thoughts
Being outlandish and bizarre

Feeling bewildered!
Losing direction and purpose
Having trouble thinking clearly
Becoming confused
Being easily distracted
Feeling disoriented
Wandering aimlessly

If you look around the room right now, you will (probably!) see people and objects that are comforting in their familiarity. Everything is exactly as you expect it to be. You know that if you closed your eyes and opened them, the room would be the same. But...have you ever lost the familiar to find, in its place, a world so extraordinary you can't even grasp it? This is the experience of the Moon.

Most of the time we live in a tiny pocket of normality that we wrap around us like a security blanket. We turn our backs on the mysterious universe that waits outside. From time to time we may sneak a peak with our imagination, or venture out through fantasy or expanded awareness. We can be thrust out there unprepared through drugs, madness or intense experiences such as battle.

The Moon is the light of this realm - the world of shadow and night. Although this place is awesome, it does not have to be frightening. In the right circumstances, the Moon inspires and enchants. It holds out the promise that all you imagine can be yours. The Moon guides you to the unknown so you can allow the unusual into your life.

Sadly, we are usually afraid of the Moon. In readings, this card often stands for fears and anxieties - the ones that come in the darkest part of the night. Card 18 also stands for illusions. It is easy to lose our way in the moonlight. Be careful not to let deceptions and false ideas lead you astray. Sometimes the Moon is a signal that you are lost and wandering aimlessly. You must find your way back to the path and your clarity of purpose.
The end of a major cycle. Energetic action overcomes lethargy.

Face your fears by reminding yourself of your ambitious anticipation.

Once through an ordeal don't dwell on your fears & foreboding. Temper your emotions with analysis. Too much sympathy emphasizes discord.

Uncertainty & fluctuation can be overcome by using the subconscious with courage.

The world of dreams, illusions, fantasies, and your deepest fears. Look beneath the glamour of appearance, your enemies may be veiled in the garb of flattery.

The deeply buried part of yourself is in evolutionary movement, causing powerful inner feelings of disturbances.

"Silence is golden."

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