Hey crew, we continue to explore the deeper meaning of the Major Arcana in our penultimate tarot post in this series, by analyzing the Moon and the Sun Cards. These are two cosmic energies that help us sustain life on Earth, they are regenerative and cyclical. Please have a look below at the compilation of the notes I made while studying the booklets of my 13 tarot decks, and see what new insights you might uncover about these two cards. I hope this serves you well in your own divination practice!
The Moon (linked to Pisces)
- This card represents instincts, emotions, fecundity, dreams and imagination. The Moon speaks of cycles, rhythms, magnetism, the feminine principle (or the female essence of nature), and the generative subconscious.
- The Moon is a symbol of hidden and covert activity which takes place in the nocturnal realm. Pay attention to your dreams when this card appears, as your unconscious holds the many mysteries which can unlock your conscious path. A place where the darkest passions are lived out, a state of permanent doubt, an uncertain reality and shadow-play.
- Under moonlight, everything is vague and outcomes are undetermined. Be careful not to give in to illusions, so wait until daylight, for clarity. The Moon is about fear and fantasy, a gradual revelation and realization. But beware of dark influences and trickery.
- In this card, the female principle is at its most concentrated – first experienced in the High Priestess but now elevated to the Heavens as a celestial body. When the Moon appears this is a clear sign to trust your intuition but also to observe your surroundings to carefully discern their true nature and people’s true intentions. In the Chinese tarot, The Moon goddess is represented with a hare, as a symbol of longevity.
- When this card appears it is an omen to revealing and overcoming the illusion of existence, so draw messages from your inner self. In a negative light, it can indicate a period of depression, of casting strange shadows on the ground. In a more positive light, this is an invitation to deepen your intuition by seeing the world differently.
“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”J.R.R. Tolkien
The Sun (linked to Leo)
- This is the card of confidence, freedom and growth, symbolizing the male principle and the vitality and vigor of life. It denotes a time of prosperity, after some depression (it follows after the Moon card). Unlike the Moon card, you cannot hide anything under the bright sunlight. The sun illuminates the darkness, bringing the light of day and restoring clarity in any situation. Pragmatically speaking, this is the card of cooperation, partnership and group work. With this card everything becomes clear and direct. You can help others easily as you know what you can now accomplish.
- An indication that positive energy, good fortune and contentment are coming. Affection and passion are born out of truth and not pretense. Openness to the world, a naked vulnerability. This is a sign to use reason over intuition, to guide you in your query. The Sun warms your way forward. An arcana of power and command. Leave all your worries behind you, as your projects are now infused with serenity and benevolence.
- The Sun signifies happy times, pure joy and successful social relationships. In a love reading, this can be an indication of engagement (consider this in combination with the Hierophant!) and a sign of being ready to fully realize your potential. The cycle of lucidity, happiness, talent and geniality reaches its zenith in this card.
- All good things are coming to you now, open your hands to receive them. Sweet happiness is yours for the taking. The ultimate card of accomplishment and achievement. I personally think this card is a greater omen of true love than the Lovers, but that’s just my preference.
The sun, whose rays are all ablaze with ever-living glory, does not deny his majesty–he scorns to tell a story! He don’t exclaim, “I blush for shame, so kindly be indulgent”; but fierce and bold, in fiery gold, he glories all effulgent.The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan
In your own divination practice, you can adapt the meanings of these two cards according to the theme of the spreads used. They can be used in a career, love or spiritual development reading – the point is to let them stimulate your imagination and to allow your intuition to interpret their meanings. I don’t offer explanations of reversals, because reversed cards are just blocked energy to me, so feel free to use your divination abilities to energetically unblock these two cards. As you unlock these two Major Arcanas, simply feel the power and deep inner knowledge that is available to you. Enjoy!
With universal love,
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