18 – The Moon:
Keywords: Fear, the lunar cycle, evolving, animal instincts, dreams and imagination, fantasy, our psyche, the subconscious, confusion, disorientation
The Moon and her eerie light casts shadows that we laugh off during the light of day. As children, the shadows on our wall become scary bears or monsters under the bed. We see the dog and the wolf on this card, our instinctual/animal side and our civilized one. We are both… which side will win? Out of the water comes a crustacean… will he evolve to a higher life form? The lunar cycle affects us all, directing the tides of our planet and much more. This can be disorienting and confusing. The Moon is a powerful force, one we cannot escape. Since we are so bound, let’s look to how the Moon can empower us. Dreams and imagination come from this mystical body, the ability to dream of what’s never been done, the creation of songs before they are played on an instrument, a literary work still in the author’s head, even architectural marvels, new medical miracles… all just waiting to be imagined, for that initial spark. This is the place of the Moon. The word “lunatic” is derived from the Latin luna “from the belief that lunacy fluctuated with the phases of the moon” (www.webster.com). It is said that we use only 10 percent of our brains. The Moon governs the other 90.