Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Moon

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-05-15 through 5-12-15

 The Moon

18 - The Moon

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Moon. Lots of people find this card spooky, and it can be to the extent that it invites and draws us deep into the world of the unconscious, sleep, and dreams – or nightmares.

We are challenged this week to overcome fear, the “dark night of the soul” that this card eerily represents. If we are willing to make our journey with courage – we can use the symbols and images of our dream-state to master the waking world.  Emotion and intuition run strong this week. The unknown can be both frightening and seductive. Much of what we encounter may be in shadow, and the silvery light of the moon can deceive our eyes. Things are not necessarily what they appear to be – but again, the challenge – both practical and spiritual – is to acknowledge our fear and move forward. Repression or denial creates a nightmare landscape; acknowledgement and acceptance bring the mysterious and unknown to light.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card travels path 29, joining sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory, the sphere of Venus and the masculinized Yin) with sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (meaning Kingdom, and representing our material, physical world). It’s Hebrew letter is Qoph, which means the back of the head.  Interestingly, in our physical brain anatomy, the back of the head is where the occipital lobes are located. They are responsible for our visual perception systems.  Disorders of or diseases affecting the occipital lobe can cause visual hallucinations and illusions.  This is perfectly in keeping with the nature of the Moon and its elusive – and sometimes deceptive – energy.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Pisces where Jupiter and Neptune rule and Venus is exalted.

In real-time astrology, Venus enters Cancer (Pisces’ fellow Water sign, ruled by the Moon) on May 7th (through June 5th).  This energy shifts our focus on love and relationships from communication and expression to emotional nurturing, attachment and bonding. Cancer rules the 4th house of the zodiac, which represents not only our physical home, but also our spiritual and emotional homes. We want to feel safe and secure in our personal emotional space, and we seek a sense of belonging with those people nearest and dearest to our hearts. Combined with this week’s energy, we may find we need to face and overcome our fears – of abandonment, loss or disconnection – from our most valued relationships.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes succumbing to fear, hysteria, or paranoia – or indulging in drugs or alcohol to escape reality – and any or all of these can only worsen matters and trap us in a hall of mirrors.

Let’s focus on trusting to our intuitive knowledge and understanding, which will bring great rewards this week. By connecting our dreaming and dreamlike intuition to our waking consciousness, we can turn dreams – rather than nightmares – into reality.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include crimson, silver, black and silver-flecked white as well as violet and pale blue-green.

Emeralds, amethyst, aquamarine and sapphire worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will bring courage and much-need illumination.

Depending on how strong and grounded you’re feeling this week, you could indulge yourself musically in some Black Sabbath or death metal. In a classical vein, try Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgski – or, at the other end of the musical spectrum – how about Clair de Lune by Debussy? Gentle and soft, it provides a counter-point to the darkness with its silvery, soothing harmony. Any or all of these can stir the positive power and overcome the fear associated with this week’s energy.

Tin is this week’s metal – not great for wearing, but a good reminder in this way: tin is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. We can likewise use our waking consciousness to protect and channel the powerful energy of our intuition toward constructive purposes.

Scent your home, bath and body with heliotrope, carnation, opium and belladonna to stay tuned into and focused on the light in the darkness.

Since these narcotics and hypnotics are dangerous nothing here is recommended for use in any form other than scent. However, foods prepared with poppy seeds, lotus root, and coconut as well as tea brewed from jasmine or wintergreen will provide the same beneficial effects.

An individualized Tarot reading with me focuses on what’s most important for you, so call today for a personalized, in-depth look into your life’s possibilities.

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