Turning the card. This last week I pulled the Moon. After I pulled the card I sat with it for some time because it seemed to have a subtle but important vibration. Meditating on the card I had a distinct vision of the light reflecting from the moon was illuminating color, only certain colors and certain objects, in a world that had suddenly become shades of gray.
Remember that movie with Kevin Bacon, A Stir of Echoes. In it Tom (played by Kevin Bacon) agrees to some hypnosis after his wife's sister (the lovely Illeana Douglas) calls him out on his "I'm a man and your little hocus pocus doesn't work". Tom challenges Lisa and, well, she puts him under. Things never go as planned and Lisa (Illeana) at the end of the hypnotism which works- adds a post hypnotic suggestion that he be more open-minded.
The first thing that occurs after the party, aside from vivid nightmares, is the loss of his son. Tom and his wife are in a frenzy to find him and the babysitter who has apparently taken the boy and ran for reasons that are revealed a bit later into the film. While Tom is looking for his son he suddenly starts to focus on flashing red lights... Each time he see's a red light it is an indicator of direction, leading him to where his son and the kidnapping babysitter have fled.
Tom follows the lights, a signal that seems every day, a normal natural color that is suddenly the most significant color in his world.
The Tarot Card, The Moon. La Luna Buena caused me to experience a similar vision in and outside of meditation.
Imagine. It is night and the moon has not yet risen. There is a pitch of darkness, a silence in the night that holds its breath with a heavy anticipation. Full deep darkness, pregnant with possibility.
Then there is a light. A glowing silvery-white disc that begins to emerge on the horizon, full and witching, rising into the sky. The light of the moon casting a glow on everything that faces her, all things luminous, dream like in shades of gray. You are standing there staring at the moon and suddenly you feel a pulsing at your brow, mirrored in the palms of your hands that you open and raise towards the sky. The pulsing draws down around you, veiling your body, rousing power.
The moon and earth pulsing. You are the conduit, the bridge. Heaven and earth. As above so below. You close your eyes and swim in a sea of heartbeats, magnetic tides, and light that are at once all around you and within every cell of your being.
Opening your eyes you stare, the moon is full. Silver light, silver world yet... yes. there is another color there. A window in the distance, a star in the sky, the color of a leaf, you see a thread of red that runs through bit of everything, forming some sort of pattern. What is the pattern?
This to me is the moon, the pattern, the unseen revealed with midnight eyes.
Joan Bunning at Learning the Tarot writes:
If you look around the room right now you will (probably!) see people and objects that are comforting in their familiarity. Everything is exactly as you expect it to e. You know that if you closed your eyes and opened them, the room would be the same. But... have you ever lost the familiar to find, in its place, a world so extraordinary you can't grasp it? This is the experience of the Moon.
Most of the time we live in a tiny pocket of normality that we wrap around us like a security blanket. We turn our backs on the mysterious universe that waits outside. From time to time we may sneak a peek with our imagination, or venture out through fantasy or expanded awareness. We can be thrust out there unprepared through drugs, madness or intense experiences such as battle.
The Moon is the light of this realm - the world of shadow and night. Although this place is awesome, it does not have to be frightening. In the right circumstances, the Moon inspires and enchants. It holds out the promise that all you imagine can be yours. The moon guides you to the unknown so you can all the unusual into your life.
Sadly, we are usually afraid of the Moon. In readings, this card often stands for fears and anxieties - the ones that come in the darkest part of the night. Card 18 also stands for illusions. It is easy to lose our way in the moonlight. Be careful not to let deceptions and false ideas lead you astray. Sometimes the Moon is a signal that you are lost and wandering aimlessly. You must find your way back to the path and your clarity of purpose.
I'm going to meditate on this card a bit more because I feel that there is a relevant pattern there for me to see at this time. During and after my Tarot Meditation, with the Moon I had this cherry 7-up like experience. I wasn't certain that if I walked out the door everything would be in shades of gray to reveal the thread of read, or the message that is coming through for me.
I remain open to the viewing but I think it is going to take a bit more work on my part. Must needs to translate the feeling into some art. Maybe that will bring it out of me.
Have a lunar experience? I'd love to hear it.
Drawing down the moon....
Scott K Smith