Here we see the skull of a wolf that has an eye and is drifting away in shards of feathered bone. In the wolf’s jaw is the Moon with water/saliva running down it.
The Moon is the eighteenth tarot card in the deck. This fits with the Saros eclipse cycle of the Sun and Moon – the balance of light and shade chasing one another as the moon travels through space. The number 18 also brings us back to 1+8=9 – the energy of the Hermit. This encourages us to spend some time alone and journey within, in particular examining the nature of your shadow self and how it projects on to the world. It can be a daunting task at first, but understanding your shadow can mean you have less fear and anxiety in general.
In the Rider Waite tarot deck, The Moon looms large in the sky with rays and dew drops floating down over a landscape governed by two large, closed off towers that sit either side of a river that runs down to the sea. On one bank is a wolf. On the other is a dog. In the sea is a crayfish. The dog and the wolf represent the tension between our tamed selves and our wild. In The Wooden Tarot, the wolf has their jaws ajar and drooling over The Moon in their mouth – but not biting. For now they are acting tame and almost protective, but their instincts for the wild are there. And with their eyes on you they are watching how you sit with the fact you have no control here other than to surrender to the guidance of the Moon. As you work to come to a place of peace with the shadows and the unknown, they are seeing if you can stay true to yourself and resist the urge to give into your fears.
The Wolf with his jaws around the Moon could also relate to the Norse Myth in which the wolf Hati chases the Moon across the sky. He will only succeed at the time of Ragnarok: the end and rebirth of the world and all the Gods and Goddesses. In this moment the wolf has caught the Moon but is not biting down. But he could. And that is the level of uncertainty and fear that can come when The Moon tarot card appears in your spread. That is why maintaining self care at this time is so important. While you may not have a lot of control over the situation around you, you can work to take care of you. The Moon is also linked with mental health. If you are living with mental health issues, these can be exasperated at this time so make sure to seek support if you need it and keep up to date with medications, sleep and a healthy diet. This advice stands for anyone who gets The Moon card. Emotions are amplified at this time and thoughts are probably scattered. Be careful that you are not letting your imagination run away with you and be on guard for accepting illusions. Try to keep a clear mind and weigh the facts, but you may simply just have to accept that you don’t have all the information yet.
The two Towers in the Rider Waite deck are said to symbolize an illusion of safety. That same idea is represented here as the Moon is perched between the wolf’s jaw. The wolf is is a skull, seemingly not alive and therefore not a threat, but the presence of saliva and the eyeball indicate that security is just an illusion. Going forth under the light of the Moon demands you trust, be aware and stay safe, but trust. You may find yourself out of your comfort zone but as the old saying goes, the best way out is through. It might be scary but it is also the best place to grow. Take the opportunity to do some internal work.
The water that runs down from the jaws and the Moon peeling away in dew and beams shaped like Yodh indicate that this is a time of emotions, illusion, and even deception. You are asked to move through this darkened journey with the aim of seeking balance and a deeper connection with the mysteries of the universe and collective soul. As your subconscious and shadow self start to slowly unfold and messages come through from spirit, you may be finding yourself getting carried away with fantasy or imagination. As such, taking the time to ground and cleanse yourself and your energy at the moment will be beneficial to seeing your way through this murky period. Now is not a time for big decisions. Now is the time for surrendering to the flow and observing yourself and those around you. You are being offered the opportunity to gain a lot of wisdom about wisdom about yourself, but you must do the work to discover it.
With Pisces ruling this card, visions, psychic abilities, dreams, creativity etc., are all at their peak. Trust your intuition and explore these visions, dreams and creative sparks far and wide. The energy may veer towards being somewhat manic at times, that is why is it important you try and find a creative outlet to manage this effectively and avoid any big decisions for now. You are in the dark. The facts will slowly start trickling. It will be best to make decisions again when you have all the information. It is not unusual to find that the truth is the opposite of what you had assumed. This may be a positive or challenging thing to discover, but when it comes into the light you will be able to make solid and informed plans about moving forward.
If you are in a situation where you do have to make decisions, try not to make them when you are emotional. With the Moon in the wolf’s jaws and lots of water flowing through, it’s likely there will be a lot of fear, anxiety and uncertainty. If you have friends or family you trust, or even a psychologist or counselor, now would be a good time to seek out their support and opinions. While inner work is a solo journey, you don’t have to be alone the whole time to do it. In fact, knowing that you have love and support can make it a lot easier, especially when there might be times you are feeling lost.
With Pisces as its ruling sign, the Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. At its darkest this can be a very scary card warning of hidden enemies, mental illness, alcoholic blackouts or addiction. Although I do not subscribe to the link made between madness and art, in the tarot, The Moon suggests that you will be feeling particularly creative and psychic at present. Your dreams will be stronger than usual and you may even receive psychic visions. Expect some mental breakthroughs, astonishing creativity, powerful magic, and strong intuition.
Some people thrive under the darkness of the Moon and surrender quite easily to uncertainty. Other struggle with this place, and that is completely understandable. Because the energies can be quite wild, think about channeling your energy into something beautiful. Beauty can heal.
Here we see eight vertebra of a spinal column. This would suggest the animal we are looking at is a sloth. Sloths have eight vertebra and are fitting animals for the eight of bones/pentacles. The spine is straight and without damage.
Eights are linked with strength and infinity in the tarot. But it is a strength that comes as a result of necessity, it emerges out of chaos and destruction. But a hard won strength that is developed slowly and purposefully with a mature mind both lasts and reaches towards the divine and assists the expression of the self. It is a strength that is creative and adaptive that is able to work with restrictions by bringing passions to heel and channeling them in new ways to achieve the desired goal.
You may have been through a difficult time and could be feeling defeated. The eight of bones is here to encouraging you to strip things down to the bare bones and keep going. You are on the right track even though progress may feel slow. Sloths are slow but persevere and are surprisingly good survivors precisely in part because of their slow movements and persistence. Their ability to live in the moment means they find the nutrients they need and are also less visible to predators. Also, they spend nearly their whole life living in the trees of the forest (the spine of the forest) and thus have a harmonious relationship with nature. They are also powerful swimmers (rivers being the heart of the forest) as such, it’s clear they can adapt as needed.
You are, or soon will be working towards a goal that will afford you stability, strength and flexibility in the future. This may be at work, at home, in your art, in your relationships, or work on yourself. It will be the backbone to the future you’re dreaming of. Your commitment and dedication, even in the face of adversity, will pay off in the long run. Keep your head down and focused, ignore the nay-Sayers. But be open to people who offer constructive criticism and input. Now is not the time to get caught up in fantasy and distraction. Be aware of ego. Don’t let your focus be distracted by feelings of pride and trying to please others. Even if what you are working on is at your place of employment, make sure to do what is needed to get the task done well, but don’t compromise the core of yourself. Find creative ways to stay true to you.
This period of your life is about building up your strength so you can stand tall and secure in your future and expand your life. Its is a strength that balances the spiritual and material to manifest real world gains.
Spines can sometimes been seen as rigid. It is important to hold your ground at present and stay on task, but the strength and life you are focused on building is to help you evolve, help carry the rest of your journey and go towards building your physical and spiritual wealth. That is why the sloths, like owls, have the ability to turn their head 270 degrees, to counteract any rigidity that may sneak in while you are busy rebuilding your reserves. The sloth has psychic vision and can see a wide range of perspectives, taking in all the information without feeling the need to rush in and act on it. This aspect of the card encourages you to keep an open mind while staying focused.
The spine is straight and undamaged. The vertebra are perfectly stacked. It is the core of your strength that takes time and commitment to keep strong and flexible. But sometimes being too focused can mean we not only lose sight of the bigger picture but we veer into worrying about perfectionism. Life is not about being perfect and neither is strength. Perfectionism is a weakness that can undermine your goals. Just keep going, you’re on the right path, you are building a great future and people around see it and you can feel it in yourself. It won’t always be such hard work. In fact, building a strong core like this means that your future will be easier and you can expand on it to a greater extent.
Upright: Apprenticeship, building strength, patience, focus, awareness, working towards the future, knowing your truth and building on it.
Reversed: Perfectionism, disorganized, unmotivated, directionless, scattered, knowledge without application, fear of achievement.
During the month of March I will be partaking in the #PINPSaturday challenge on Instagram. This is a challenge where artists and tarot readers use specific tarot cards for a post it sized poem. I am also using my favorite book of poetry: Plainwater by Anne Carson. The tarot deck I am using is the Haindl.
A group of us followed a similar challenge during February and it resulted in some spectacular poems and new friendships. We have a great little community and anyone is welcomed to join.
The prompts are:
4th of March: The Magician.
11th of March: Ace of Wands.
18th of March: The Star.
26th of March: Nine of Disks/Pentacles.
Then post your poem across social media with the tag #PINPSaturday. The aim is simply to encourage creativity, spark new ideas and meet new people. Oh, and of course have fun!
This is a prime example of art and tarot coming together to create something new.
You can see more of my post it note poetry work here: https://www.instagram.com/wintherweaver/
Credit goes to Jodi Cleghorn for designing the challenge.
Here we see a green, moss covered anatomical heart. It appears to be bleeding ruby colored blood and jewels. Atop the heart the aorta have fern fronds curling out. At the left side of the heart there is a small bud of growth. Perched on the fronds is conjoined hummingbirds that are sitting in front of a pink Peony Rose.
For ease of reference I will also provide a brief overview of the Rider Waite imagery. The Rider Waite deck has a man and a woman standing before an angel. Behind the angel is a glowing sun that shines down over lush mountains, rivers, fields, the tree of knowledge and a flaming tree.
Sixes in the tarot are about harmony, balance, truth and soul integration. Spiraling inward on the six you find your truth so that you can spiral out again and tread your life’s purpose in the world with a greater sense of peace and connectedness. However sixes are also about an exchange of energy, receiving and giving. As such, there is still a choice to be made here as indicated by the two heart arteries pointing in different directions.
The Lovers as a tarot card is typically associated with romantic love, but it can also be linked with platonic love, love for things in your life ( e.g., art, anything that makes you feel whole), love for yourself, or the status of your anima and animus. Whatever the love and decision you are facing, there will be a compromise. Make sure you are aware of what you are compromising in order to follow your love; passion and lust can be blinding. Don’t sacrifice any part of yourself for another. The best thing you can do is weigh your options carefully and choose the direction that will bring you the greatest sense of wholeness. The tarot card that comes before The Lovers is the Hierophant, so you have the wisdom and teachings behind you and a fairly clear idea of what you want in life. But it is likely this firm sense of direction will be challenged when you are hit by this sudden ‘knowing’ of love. And it will be a ‘knowing’ not a ‘feeling’ however, this knowing will cause an emotional storm. This is because the knowing is soul deep – see how it is two, conjoined male humming birds. They are two identical souls. They have known each other before time. (The Wooden tarot is a welcome deck depicting two of the same gender on The Lovers while still having enough male and female elements to point to the idea of the animus and the anima.)
The Lovers is an air card, hence the presence of the hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are symbols of great joy, magick, blessings, wishes, energy, persistence, love, healing, peace, beauty, expansiveness, personal power, sincerity, and play. It is likely you are or will be feeling a swell of these emotions and sensations very soon. Whilst I am providing a detailed analysis of The Lovers, it is still a card that heralds LOVE. These emotions are all the attributes that will help you as you face the decision that is looming.
The hummingbirds are also standing in for the angel Raphael who is a messenger and harbinger of communication linked with Mercury and Air. He is also a powerful protector – you are safe at this juncture. Take your time, don’t rush. Be honest with yourself and those close to you. Love is only sustainable through clear and truthful communication. The hummingbirds also stand in for Cupid, their long beaks like arrows that pierce the rose. Rather than literally viewing the original Rider Waite figures as being a ‘man’ and a ‘woman’, many readers now understand that in The Lovers, the male and female figures represented the anima and animus – the male and female parts of the psyche and spirit that reside inside all of us. Cupid’s arrow (in this case the Hummingbirds beak) serves to connect these two aspects more fully as well as help matter connect to spirit. Even if the focus of your love is external to yourself, the feeling and experience of love will help you feel greater wholeness within – if you let it.
In one of the original decks, Cupid was poised to fire his arrow into either the man or woman as they stood before him, indicating that the love may be one sided or that the love may be more emotional for one of the partners. Either way, a deep knowing, akin to recognizing a part of your soul, is about to hit you and probably change up all of your plans. However, in this card there are two spears indicating greater equality – what you are passionate for and reaching for, is also reaching for you. For example, you may have a job you enjoy but then you come up with an idea for a new business that you fall in love with. Whether you follow this new idea, or stay with your current job, or better yet – find a way to compromise and have both, the journey of working through this decision both offers you a chance to develop a richer and wiser inner world, and regardless of the outcome: a greater sense of fulfillment. This new love is your destiny, it was always going to happen, it’s reaching for you. But no matter what happens, no matter the outcome it is the journey that matters, not the destination.
Life will forever be offering you chances to find and fall in love with your soul’s purpose and destiny. You choice how these chances change you.
This love and soul knowing that comes with The Lovers and all the changes that follow on from these new inspirations will bring you joy, beauty, maybe some confusion… and potentially shame. Yes, shame. The peony is understood to be both the most beautiful flower while also being linked with bashfulness, often portrayed as the flower naked figures use to hide their form. In this instance, the contradictory nature of the peony helps us understand the nature of the choice you are facing here.
You had your life mapped out, you were moving forward with conviction, then a knowing of love hit you. You need to decide which direction to follow, although one may be more challenging than the other – there is no wrong choice. Though one choice is likely to be more healthy than the other. Where you are at on your soul and life journey will dictate if you are up to recognizing and choosing the healthier option. But the key here is balance. It is important to follow your heart, but try to balance that with the wisdom you have already obtained to ensure you are still being true to you.
That is not to say you shouldn’t enjoy this swell of love. It is most certainly a time for exploring your bliss and reveling in this new soul knowing. It is rare to meet someone or discover something that truly makes your soul sing. So learn from the hummingbird and take the time to enjoy your journey. And it is a journey. Now is not the time to stop moving. The fern fronds speak to the idea of perpetual motion and the continual cycle of life – ever expanding, ever retracting in every direction. The deepest, richest magick of life is to learn to enjoy every moment whether you are moving or taking a moment of stillness. The fern teaches us that luck and prosperity and mystery can be found in the most unlikely places and at the most unlikely times. So keep moving, be open to love at every turn, know what keeps you grounded so you can make balanced decisions – but don’t let that rob you of basking in the joy of love.
When you come to making your decision, you might find that one path seems far more difficult than the other. Don’t let that put you off. Whatever effort you put to achieve what you desire in will be returned in riches of passion, connection, creativity, understanding and spiritual enlightenment as symbolized by the blood colored jewels coating the lush, green heart.
The moss coating on the heart and the ruby blood reminds you that while you might recognize love in another, don’t ignore the riches of your own heart. Make sure you are loving yourself as much as anyone, or anything else at this time.
Finally, the small growth on the side of the heart, the new seedling, the third way, the third soul. While it may seem you only have two choices and all of your focus is probably on the object of your love, remember there are three souls in any relationship: you, that which you love (whether another person, your art, your business) and then the soul of the relationship itself. The actual relationship itself has a karmic purpose and part of that purpose is to invite you to explore your inner world and your values more deeply, or stay psychologically idle. Whether or not you choose to take up this invitation to do deep, inner work will be the difference between making a choice that is more or less healthy for you in the long run.
Upright: Love, unison, connection, growth.
Reversed: Disconnection, lack of harmony.
Here we see a male Mallard Duck with two eyes on one side of its head swimming away across the water leaving a trail of six feathers.
In tarot the sixes are the calm returning after the chaos of fives. You are working towards balance and have likely found a solution to your questions, but that does not mean that solution comes without losses or costs. Here we see the duck swimming away to quieter waters and leaving problems behind, but in leaving the chaos behind, he has lost parts of himself. These were parts he had to lose in order to move on, but it means you are probably grieving and sad. You know the path you are taking is for the best and protects your inner child, all your instincts have lead you this way, but it was not an easy choice. And don’t think by exiting an unhealthy situation that you are being a coward and running away. Sometimes the best thing you can do is leave.
Gentle on you. Give yourself time to grieve. Keep moving but focus on balancing your inner and outer worlds with equal care. Two eyes stands for focusing on the inner and outer worlds and this plane of existence. However, it does indicate you could still only be focusing on one side of your journey – where you have been. You may be ruminating about it. Don’t. Where you are headed is a better situation for you. Look towards your destination as hope and joy lies there. However, also take some time to look at your own thoughts and beliefs, working out what to leave behind as you make this journey. You don’t need the extra baggage. Use your newly clear mind to take decisive action.
You may find that this card indicates an actual journey over water.
Upright: Journey away from chaos. Hard decisions. Trip by water. Regret. Moving towards better things.
Reversed: Stagnation. Despair.
Here we see the God of Blooms. The Gods in the Wooden Tarot represent the Aces. I wont be ascribing gender to the God cards. The triangle here is pointed downward indicating both the receptive energies of this card and the alchemical symbol for water. The amber eye is cast slightly down as mist and waves curl around their shoulders. They are dressed in muted blue and green robes as their hands (understood to be the hands of God in the traditional Rider Waite deck) maintain the hand gesture for Varada Mudra; the hand gesture of wish granting and mercy, and the other of what appears to be drawing water/blooming lotus. Hovering between their hands is the traditional flower of the Ace of Cups: the pink lotus (supreme lotus), bursting with more water.
Aces are in my view both the beginning and the end of every suit. They are the spark and seed of energy and life from which all things end and return. They are raw and unformed. They have a basic nature (in this case, water and emotion) but it is up to you and the choices you make on your journey to shape them. They provide the surge of energy, hope, passion, inspiration and feeling. They open doors to different possibilities, unlock different potentials and offer new paths to different futures. However it is up to you to harness that energy and guide it. But no ace, element or direction is without pitfalls. That is why it is important to be aware of the element you’re working with so you can navigate it carefully when times get rough.
The re-conceptualizing of the aces as Gods is particularly fitting as the hands in the ace cards were always considered to be the hand of God. And in the Rider Waite deck, the chalice that it was holding was considered to be the Holy Grail that was overflowing with five streams of water representing the five senses. The chalice was an offering of wishes and joyous emotion, the lotus is no different.
The God holds a pink lotus flower between his hand gestures which stand for granting wishes and summing water and lotus. The pink of the lotus indicates its supreme nature – the highest sought after of all lotus in the quest for spiritual enlightenment. As above, wishes and joy are coming to you, along with a surge of emotion. What will you do with these gifts? The lotus flower is rich with meaning and symbolism. It is a beautiful flower that grows and floats atop the water, and more often than not that water is stagnant. Lotus reminds us that to emerge from the bog of our lives it most often isn’t rage and brute strength that sees us victorious, but rather calm persistence. Egyptians saw as death and rebirth and fertility and creativity. The very first flower. Buddhists see them as the chakras. Bhudda used the lotus to purify and achieve beauty, peace and harmony. The important lesson of lotus is not getting bogged down in water, it thrives on emotion and creativity. It lets the currents pass by as it floats and grows, focusing on purity and beauty. It teaches the lessons of transcendence, grace, clarity, victory, promise spirituality, dreams, hope, strength, compassion, transmutation, magick, and the lessons and cycles of life and the healing power of beauty. And that beauty can be messy, or that from great mess can emerge beauty and purity. It teaches us not to judge and to find our many, many blessings within the hidden places.
The God of Blooms is often associated with love, wishes and fertility – as indicated by the lotus he is holding out for you and the hand gestures. Don’t be surprised if you find a deep connection growing with another individual. Remain aware and thoughtful, don’t relinquish your boundaries that keep you safe, but consider opening your heart to new possibilities. Whatever the situation, love will be at the heart of it. It will either be a swell of romantic love or some other kind of love – it can even be a creative love. Something that makes your heart soar. As with anything creative and loved filled, this is also a fertile time. It can mean literal pregnancy or fertile with potential. Either way, opportunities are opening – and quickly. The God of Blooms is fast moving energy and anything that is meant to be will happen within a week or so.
Even if you are not feeling any swell of love or creativity yet, a seed has been planted that will grow into either love, a creative idea, psychic gifts or a vibration of attraction that draws gifts and opportunities from other places.
Lotus is very much about dreams and developing intuition and psychic skills. If you are an empath you might find this skill also starts to open up and strengthen as you journey with the God of Blooms. Don’t be surprised if your skills of divination skyrocket and you dream a lot more.
Just make sure to look at how your emotions and psychic gifts are working for you in your life. Are there any blocks you need to clear? Do you need to forgive? Reconnect? Ground? Cleanse? How can you regain balance and peace at this time? Although your emotions may be flowing outward you might find you need some time alone. Self expression is important at this time, especially for you emotions. Finding a safe outlet for what your feeling will help you surf the upcoming currents.
Whatever happens, now is the time to be connecting with spirit and heart. A time of deep compassion for yourself and others. Don’t push too hard, allow yourself and that around you to go with the flow, offer any guidance and direction with love. Love is your power now. From love abundance, creativity, relationships, joy and success will flow quickly.
Eyes are another symbol with a wealth of meaning. I interpreted the eyes on the Gods in the Wooden Tarot as being a third eye, of sorts. Quite literally, the Eye of God – his watchfulness, authority, divinity and judgement. The eye of God here opens up a new ways of seeing consciousness, the cosmos, across dimensions and new directions. Eyes often stand for prophesy. Essentially, the eye of the God of Blooms is looking out over your journey through the suit of water. They see all the possibilities and the different paths you can take. But they will not interfere. Simply observe. But even observation can guide you just through knowing that you are not alone, you are protected and you are loved… you ARE love. Eyes are also the gateway to the soul, the seat of creation, beginnings and the start of love.
As you are offered this great gift of love, inspiration and joys feeling and energy, try to be both mindful of your souls journey and how you would like to develop through life… and also enjoy the hell out of it. This is a truly beautiful card and The God of Blooms is a truly loving and wise companion. All those dreams, wishes and hopes you have held close to your breast now have the opportunity to make them happen. Make sure you stay grounded and see the beauty in the journey. Don’t fight the flow too much and joy will be yours.
Upright: Love, compassion, inspiration, fertility, connection, beauty, wishes, dreams, surge of emotion.
Reversed: Stagnant, short sighted, repressed emotion, fighting the flow, a need to cleanse, emotional turmoil.
Here we have what appears to be the bones of human hand but with six fingers.
The number six is largely connected with harmony, balance, security, beauty, love and the idea of being present and conscious about your place in the cycle of life and death – no matter how secure… or not, you are. This is because much like the Rider Waite card that pictured beggars and nobility, we can’t reasonably tell if this hand is the hand being generous and sharing its bounty or reaching out to receive alms.
Either way, there is a transaction of energy here. Either you have enough to share and may need to do so in order to balance your own energy. Or perhaps you are in need of some funds or other kind of bounty and need to speak your truth and ask for help.
Trust that the money, energy, love… whatever it is you require, is there. There is more than enough to go around and in this case (as evidenced by the sixth finger), the sharing of energy and fortune will be just.
However, if you are in the position to give, don’t be frivolous with your generosity. Give what you reasonably can without jeopardizing your own security and remember that wealth is not only measured in dollars but love and presence. Also be careful of not becoming prideful or smug because of your wealthier position. We have all been in positions of need from time to time.
If you are in the position where you need to ask for help, ask honestly and without shame, but also without expectation. No one is obliged to help you but at the same time, we all need a hand now and again. Also, make sure that this is a short term solution. It is always better to develop self sufficiency as soon as you are able. Dependency, desperation and submissions won’t help you grow in the long run.
Trust that the universe provides and that there is enough to go around, but make sure you put in the work to capitalize and build on that awareness to help yourself and others.
Upright: Stability, wealth, beauty, sharing, generosity, rebalancing energies, what is needed is provided.
Reversed: Impoverished, selfish, impure intent, ego, poverty, debt.
Here we see a male Luna Moth (as indicated by his antennae) with a skull on his head and a lemniscate made from what appears to be the Tree of Life. It is without a trunk and roots it continues to flower and bud.
The Magician resonates to the power of one. One is creation, reveal, change, personal power, the source of our power, the point of our sacrifices, goals, focus, will, purpose, initiation, ambition, force, and the duality of beginnings and endings. It symbolizes completion just as surely as it symbolizes beginnings. It encourages us to understand and respect the nature of change but embrace our powers of concentration, ambition, and align our body, heart, and mind to achieve our potential – our potential being limitless. Anything you set your mind to, you can do. Our potential and ability for understanding is limitless, but there are some aims that are more helpful than others, specifically those aligned with your prime purpose.
The Luna Moth is one of the largest moths but has one of the shortest lifespans, only surviving a week after emerging. They don’t eat. Their prime purpose is to procreate then die. As such, they have frequently been held up as symbols of love. This suggests that holding the intention of love in your heart is integral as you move forward on your journey.
The Luna Moth has two sets of wings, the hind wings tapering down to confuse predators. Both sets of wings have ‘eye’ markings, which also distract predators. Naturally, they are only active at night. Moths have long been a symbol of transformation, that is no different in this case.
When The Fool starts his journey the first person he meets is The Magician. He reveals how to use the four elements (earth, fire, air and water – also the four suits of the tarot) can be used to create impossible beauty out of seemingly nothing. He is a catalyst for The Fool to think about how he wants to use the elements he carries with him and inside him. He knows he has the power, the will, the potential but how will he apply them? The Magician knows you can do it, that you have the creativity and power, and that you have been doing a great job so far. The task at hand is to see that for yourself and start manifesting the life you want.
While love and faith is an integral part of the equation, make sure to keep your intentions pure. The hidden set of eyes, the Luna Moth’s power of disguise and unwavering devotion to the moon indicates that there are mysteries still to be revealed. It could be simple truths emerging, or perhaps it comes out The Magician has ulterior motives? The Magician is also about the ‘big reveal’. Mysteries and truths are unveiled. This can warn us of tricksters in our mists or changes ahead. Perhaps we have been deceiving ourselves. Whilst you have the power to navigate and shape reality, getting in touch with your intuition is a vital step on this journey and that is why the High Priestess comes in at Major Arcana number two. But for now, look at the power and tools you have in your had, think about how you want your life to be, and start manifesting. The Magician card is a great card for seeing wishes and dreams come true.
A lot of new energy and ideas will be coming in at this time. It can be exciting and seductive, however make sure that no one is feeding off your energy. Keep both your intentions and connections as clean and as pure as you can. This will help you focus your will and get things moving.
The presence of the skull reminds us that just as we create something, we destroy something else. This reminds us of the responsibility that comes with being ‘magicians’ and the intimate nature between life and death.
It’s likely that you will be feeling this surge of energy, it could be rocky or scary, but try and ground yourself as best you can and harness this energy for your own goals. With the infinite symbol beneath you made of the Tree of Life you are secure. You have all that you need to go forward on your journey. Be inspired by beauty to create beauty. You are a wellspring of potential and even if you don’t feel that now, a change is coming that will show you just how powerful you are. You’ve got this. Be brave. Be excited. Dream big. Follow those dreams with all the passion you can muster. Focus. Focus. Focus.
Upright: Personal power, manifestation, focus, will, change, resources and resourcefulness.
Reversed: Deceit, a lack of focus, hidden talents and resources, stagnation.
Here we see three antlers clashing. This is one of the more straightforward tarot cards to read. It symbolizes conflict leading to change. The conflict might come from competition, from like-minded individuals, an expansion of business, a loss, or even from within. Regardless of where this conflict arises from, the five of stones asks you to stop wasting energy on butting heads but rather use all that energy flying around (and this is a HIGH energy card) and use it to look at where the differences lie, what you can learn from it, where your boundaries are, how you can adapt and how you can move forward. This will be a time of profound change so there is no use fighting that, rather look at how the ‘problem’ can potentially be the ‘solution’. There will be both gains and losses at this time and it is likely both will help you, in time.
Upright: conflict, tension, competition, wasted energy, change.
Reversed: Negotiating conflict,clear path, goal focus, energy focus, change.
Here we see a spider with what can be either fourteen eyes or fourteen spiderlings on her back. She sits inside a nearly perfectly round wheel shaped web (although not symmetrical.) In the web are what can be either four egg cocoons or four cocoons of prey (which makes this card all the more beautiful.) On these cocoons are the elemental symbols for mercury, sulphur, water and salt the building blocks of life and the four elements – and represents formative power. Framing the web are four budding branches from what I consider to be the Tree of Life.
This will very much be a condensed version of this card because both the Rider Waite and Thoth Wheel of Fortune cards are rich with symbolism and The Wooden Tarot is no difference. This will also be a hard reading to limit because spiders are my main guide hence the name Weaver Tarot. Weaver means both Witch and is linked with the spider and her gifts.
Yes, I have gendered the spider in this image because of the presence of what could be spiderlings and egg cocoons. Also, many of the ancient myths about spiders and spider Goddesses are female. Spider is a typically feminine energy. While some people argue The Wooden Tarot is not a gendered deck, cards can still carry a feminine energy.
To start, this is card number ten of the Major Arcana. Ten amplifies the number one: new beginnings, changes, fate, luck, success, individualism, determination, creative power and at times, wholeness. This is where The Fool’s journey ascends from the more physical plane into the more spiritual. Spider is a keeper of doorways and to find a spider web over your doorway is good luck (there are various religious tales and mythos you can refer to on this point.) Spider is blessing your way onto this next part of your journey.
Spider, through the many tales and incarnation of her, is by and large seen as the spinner of fate. Spider is truly neutral. When she appears, she can signify luck or unlucky in equal measure. As an example, she can be the harbinger of torrential storms, but also provide protection from them. She is creation and destruction, secrets and keeper and teacher of ancient and esoteric wisdom and languages, artist, alchemist, wordsmith. She is open, limitless and secretive. She is crafty, cyclical, death and rebirth, fast and patient, deadly and mothering, progressive and ancient, stars and darkness, lover and recluse, fragile and strong. The list goes on, she is literally the symbol of infinity. Her web is the wheel and it is ever turning as is the luck of fate.
Given that what lies in her web can be eggs or prey, I see this as very much symbolizing the cyclical nature of fate. Sometimes you will be coming into new beginnings, sometimes it will be endings or you could be in between. But whatever you do, don’t struggle against fate, it is not worth the effort. The wheel will crush you and continue on regardless. A lot of what is happening to you now is due to outside influence – fate. Whether it is a crisis or something wonderful, it was meant to be. Spider teaches you to be resourceful and look at how you can work with the hand that fate has given you to make the most of things and ease the wheel’s momentum forward so you can keep growing and journeying. You have the tools to craft your destiny in synch with The Wheel – you have the elements of life right there with you as imprinted on the cocoons: mercury, sulphur, water and salt/ earth, air, fire and water.
No matter what is happening in your life (and with The Wheel being present, it will be quite a lot) you are protected by Spider. She sees all – the past and the future, some say to the end of time and beyond, and certainly beyond this dimensions (as per her many eyes) and is highly protective and mothering (as per her eggs). But her mothering can seem counter intuitive at times. Fate and Spider wont coddle you. Sometimes a child needs to learn to walk via falling a few times. So if you are going through a crisis right now, take care of you and do what you need to do to be safe, but also try and see the lesson in the crisis and trust that this too will pass. You have the tools to cope. Spider trusts you, so you should trust you. If you can be patient and still enough, and look deep enough, she may open up and share some of her ancient wisdom with you.
The Rider Waite deck was rich with further symbolism such as the snake/Typhon, Anubis/Hermes and a Sphinx – the cycle of life and death, shadow and light, creation and destruction. Clouds – higher powers. There are also representations of the eight Sabbats, the tarot itself, and the four Evangelists, virtues (to know, to will, to dare, and to be silent) and/or fixed Zodiac signs. The Tree of Life can be considered to contain all these meanings and more.
The Tree of Life is supporting the web. It is also budding. This is testament to its eternal nature and it’s ability to gift eternal life. The Tree of Life is also believed to be the tree of knowledge and wisdom. It links all humans and links all time (past, present and future.) This is also how it is like the web. The spider web is often used as an example as to how all of life is interconnected and everyone is interconnected. Although a singular event can seem random it is actually situated in a large, cosmic equation made up of chance and order. Part of getting The Wheel of Fortune is both trusting Fate has an order and meaning of its own, and finding your own meaning, or crafting your own meaning within that frame work. If you can imagine, Fate is the outer edge of the web, and you are one of the inner circles of the web. As the larger wheel turns, so does the smaller, but that does not rob it of having its own cycle and journey to travel that can be both dependent and independent of the larger Wheel of Fate at the same time.
In short, big change is ahead or is already happening. Go with the flow but hold on to hope and never stop creating. Whatever life throws at you, this is still your journey to make meaning of. There is infinite magick in you. Now is not the time for fear, even if everything is falling apart. Be patient and know when to act and the secrets of the universe will be whispered to you. Hold on to yourself and your center and be careful in your actions. The Wheel of Fate is also the Wheel of Karma, what you put out is what comes back. It’s likely that what is happening now is positive and a result of the good, hard work you’ve been putting in.
Upright: Good fortune, new beginnings, excitement, new meaning, ease.
Reversed: Bad fortune, chaos, lost, catalyst, crisis, resistance.
Here we see the symbol for a waxing moon (also known as the maiden) crowned by a lemniscate and cradled by two half closed wings.
The Rider Waite deck image has a blindfolded woman holding crossed swords with an ocean behind her and a waxing moon above.
Much the same symbolism can be read from the card above. There is infinite potential here for you and new beginnings, but now is not the time to rush. Part of this situation is still in darkness. You need more information. This will come with both the passing of time, and your expanded willingness to see. You need to open your mind and become more observant. However, even if you don’t like what you see, you need to hold on to your current level head and keep your thoughts and actions balanced. Now is not the time to rush in or act on instinct. Those wings you have are powerful and gift you with great freedom but will only work when you can stretch them and keep them balanced. But with these wings curled in, you may be feeling indecisive and stagnant. It is highly possible that you are at a stalemate with yourself or another. You need to change your way of thinking and seeing and gather more information so that you can either come to a compromise, agree to disagree, or find a way forward you hadn’t considered before. You may even be feeling torn between two ideas that you think you can’t reconcile. You can and you will. Trust your intelligence and take the time to slow down and really consider and research your options. You’ve got this.
Hiding in the shadows and pretending like this isn’t happening will not help you. And while you might think turning a blind eye keeps you impartial, it also keeps you stagnant. Stop trying to please everyone. It is likely that when you make your decision you will upset people or even yourself, but it will be short lived and is better than staying stagnant. Just make sure to keep compassion in your heart even when you are acting from a place of logic. Now is not the time for unnecessary conflict or drama. If you stay still, you will just grow to feel agitated and may miss opportunities that you know are within your reach. You can feel them there, lapping at your heels. What are you afraid of? What truth don’t you want to see?
The number two in tarot is associated with balance, receptiveness, choice, duality, contrast, identity, gentle negotiation, crossroads, expanding consciousness, partnerships and at times, extremes – usually in the pursuit of finding identity. It can also be the number of creative and psychic initiation depending on the choices you make and what your karma is.
Open your eyes and your mind. Trust yourself. Unfurl your wings and make your decision from a place of knowledge and logic. You future awaits.
Upright: Indecision, choices, stalemate, blocked emotions, rigidity, turning a blind eye.
Reversed: Conflict, lies, confusion, information overload, the beginning of movement but is it in the right direction?