18 THE MOON XVIII
Power and ability
CORRESPONDING I CHING:
Fluctuation; uncertainty; confusion; time of passivity rather than action.
(Spiritual Animal Symbology)
The Master of The Moon card is The Illuminated One - The Master Jesus Christ (also known as Sananda within the spiritual realms).
The Master Jesus inspires, awakens and strengthens inner devotion, and stimulates one’s inner need to express love so that love may be shared freely with all.
The Master Jesus (Sananda) offers is powerful energies to those who are attracted to the practices of natural healing, in which consideration is given to the correct balance of spiritual and physical well-being.
The Master Jesus works on the energy of the 6th Ray and the number 18, and those born in September.
TREE OF LIFE:
Within the Cabalistic Tree of Life, pathway 18 connects sephira NETZACH (7) keyword: victory
to MALKUTH (10) keyword: kingdom
The energy of The Moon combines victory with the kingdom of God (the Universe) to produce intuition and a more feminine aspect of Universal oneness.
HERB: LEMON BALM
Lemon Balm is a diaphoretic and a cooling agent, and it is used as a tea to induce sweating, to treat colds and reduce fevers. Lemon Balm is calming and relaxing and counteracts moodiness and melancholy.
Symbolically, Lemon Balm is used for one who is brooding and melancholic. It is for one who is longing for the past and has trouble accepting the present.
The Divinatory meaning is indicative of the cool, reserved, instinctual person. It is also for ‘evolution’.
The ancients believed that the Moon contained the souls of the unborn as they waited for life, and the dead were gathered up to it’s womb to wait for rebirth. It thus became an image for the ‘Great Mother’, from whom all life springs and to whom all life returns.
The Moon presides over all things connected with the feminine archetype, including the menstrual cycle which lasts for approximately twenty-eight days - the same time it takes for the Moon to complete its three phases.
Faith is the shadow of our higher self that remains here on earth to remind us of our purpose in the Universe. Faith is a reflection of what our higher consciousness knows to be true.
The Moon, through all of its phases, represents the world of illusions, dreams and the subconscious.
The Moon is an ambivalent card with imagery that signifies the difficulty to see things with clarity. Indicating fluctuating moods and uncertainly, The Moon tells us that we must pay attention to our dreams, listen to our inner-voice and deal with issues that come to the surface in order to progress to a higher level of awareness.
The Moon asks that mankind be guided and asks that you listen to your subconscious or inner-voice to be guided along the rugged path to find attainment.
The world that The Moon card symbolizes is boundless and deep. The ocean is an appropriate image to consider when trying to understand the vague and constantly shifting world of feelings, which The Moon embodies. The ocean’s depths contain many secrets, and many of its deepest beds are still unreachable to man. The ocean can be friendly one day, and cruel and savage the next. There is a wealth of information contained in the unconscious, but, like the ocean, some of its’ depths can never be fathomed.
In the centre of The Moon card is the depiction of the actual Moon, with sixteen main and sixteen secondary rays. All the faces of The Moon indicate the ‘Life Force’, and the reflected light from The Moon is the subconscious. There are 16 small lights shown, which are representative of 16 gods.
The Moon depicted has a female profile within, and is associated with delusion and deception. The Moon directs a calm face upon the unrest below, signifying spiritual wisdom and knowledge.
The path shown leading towards the horizon indicates traveling your journey on unknown paths towards one’s fate with faith and trust.
The water depicted is indicative of the conscious mind united when in sleep, and signifies getting in touch with oneself.
The crab or lobster shown emerging from the sea on The Moon card is the physical manifestation coming from the subconscious. It may indicate the symbol of the early stage of un-foldment. The lobster also symbolizes unconscious fears of failure and despair.
The dog depicted indicates the result of it’s adaptation to it’s life living alongside man. The wolf, in contrast, represents nature’s untamed creation. The crab/lobster, the dog and the wolf are interpreted as illuminations of our animal nature.
The towers in the background indicate man’s protection from the environment.
The Moon, being ruled by Cancer and related to Pisces, indicates hidden things, intuition, worry and psychic ability. It tells of emotional issues, of the ebb and flow of the tides. It suggest that there can be hidden energies, and one must remain alert to the sudden changes and moods of those around, and of false friends. Being ruled by Cancer, the Cardinal Water Sign, which says ‘I seek myself through what I feel’, The Moon represents all feminine aspects and the ‘Protector of the Astrology Chart’.
With it’s association with Pisces, which is a Mutable Water Sign and states, ‘I seek myself, and I don’t seek myself’, The Moon reflects the ‘collective unconsciousness’. Pisces is a sign which is attuned to feelings and can empathize and heal through compassion.
The Moon is linked to the number 18 which can indicate an extremely capable and strong person. With the power of the number 8 and the independence of the number 1 this number attracts people with problems. 18 tells of the leader and of service to mankind.
18 reduces to the number 9 which brings in the energies of the humanitarian and of spiritual intelligence. 9’s in a reading indicate the completion of events.
Appearing in a reading, The Moon asks that you use and rely upon your intuition and inner-wisdom. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by apparent security as things may not be as they seem.
The Moon asks that you learn to be more independent and to trust your inner-voice. Build up your own security and do not lean upon others. Rely upon yourself.
The Moon, appearing in a reading, may be indicating constant changing emotional behaviour (possibly a hormonal imbalance) which causes frustrations and the inability to focus on goals for any length of time.
The Moon tells that imagination triggers creativity, and appearing in a reading it may be inferring that you are more intuitive than you normally are at the moment. Use this to your advantage.
The Moon appearing in a reading also tells of personal development, which gives you a feeling of justifiable joy and achievement.
The Moon in a reading tells you that a more balanced and holistic approach to life as inspiration is taken from the great pleasures the Earth and Universal cycles offer. Remember to utilize this gift when anxiety builds.
The Moon appearing in a reading tells you that at some point it will be necessary for you to face up to the situation and accept it for what it is in order to make any changes. It is time to face reality as you and others are living in a fantasy world. There is less chance of self-deception if you are in peak health as you are more likely to be mentally alert. Self pity is destructive and self-defeating, so avoid this non-productive emotion. The Moon card should inspire you to be true to yourself.
In regards to others, if you have any concerns, now is the time to let them know how you feel and where you stand.
The Moon appearing in a spread asks that you take note of any dreams or intuitive messages. Your answers lay within you.
Fear, despair, worry, hidden enemies, danger, deception, darkness, errors, mistakes, instabilities, inconsistency, silence, minor problems, helplessness.
Reversed, The Moon implies that confusion reigns causing mistakes and bringing deception into your life. It infers that you may be involved in a difficult situation at this time which may be adversely affecting your health and inner-strength.
The Moon reversed indicates that negative attitudes, morbid fantasizing and feelings of utter despair may have become a serious problem. It is now time to confide in a friend and seek advice and support.
The Moon appearing reversed can indicate that occult forces are at work in your life. It may even be implying dis-illusionment. It may be implying mental disorders and/or nervous breakdowns. It also tells of phobias and fears that may be causing self-doubt. The Moon tells us that illusions are just another form of self-deception, causing confusion and uncertainty.
Appearing reversed, The Moon implies unexplained mood swings causing disharmony and depression may be triggered by a number of causes, and as a result it would be wise to seek a medical diagnosis to end this distressing cycle.
When The Moon appears reversed in a reading, it tells you not to take any risks at this time. There is a possibility for misunderstandings so make sure you say exactly what you mean. Do no waste energies in disagreements and arguments with others. Maintain your views regardless of opposition from others.You are asked not to waste your energies in arguments or disagreements, and do not be afraid to see things as they really are. Hold onto your point of view.
The Moon tells you to keep control and stay focused as a negative situation will soon improve. Do not allow your imagination to run away with you.
When The Moon is drawn reversed in a reading, there is a focus on inner fears and uncertainties. The Moon card tells that it would be wise to pay attention to intuitive feelings and inner-voices. It warns that you should be wary as at this time there are possible threats and dangers.
Appearing reversed, The Moon tells you to be in complete control of your emotions. Remain calm and patient and things will turn your way.
Joanne WalmsleySacred Scribes