XVIII – The Moon Tarot

XVIII

XVIII_the moon

“the struggle between craving and striving”

symbols
Confusion, fear, illusion, journey into the subconsciousness and the depths of the soul 

astrology
Moon in scorpio

date and ritual
Solar Eclipses – somnambulism, ritual trance, intoxication, visions

sign
Pisces

archetypes
Anubis, Khephra, Hekate, Kali

Path of Koph: Netzach – Malkuth

The card symbolizes the threshold of the veil and the fear to step over it.
Our subconsciousness retrieves the key to feeling, understanding and even being the whole multiverse but before one can use that key, all the layers of cinders must be coped with.
The cinders are the sum of everyone’s daily grind, sins against ourselves and traumata collected on the way. 
Borders constructed to shield, always have the habit of imprisoning the true self.
Usually there are two ways to clean up that inner mess and get to the inner self: The alchemic translation would be “the wet or the dry step over the threshold” – pursuing through ecstasy or inner peace. In other words – the struggle between inner life and outer world.
The red, the white and the black moon are three symbolical states for this conflict.
The left tower symbolizes the red path of passion, ambition and striving. Emblematized by the focus on the muladhara chakra and the roses climbing the spire.
The right tower symbolizes the white path of retreat, inner world and craving. Emblematized by the spiral going inwards and the lotus climbing the spire. 
Both paths work well in dissolving the challenges of this archetypical card. The red one faster and steeper, the white one slower and steadier. From a metaphysical point of view both of them separately will lead to a quantity of states of consciousness and awareness within the archons borders but none of them alone will get one outside of the artistic egg we are all trapped in. Fortunately left or right part extremists stay inside the illusion emanated by the Yesod Sephira. Notice, that the two towers both don’t reach into the upper/ cosmic/ gnostic realm, where all matter must be left behind. Walking on these paths always means activating the “black state” (the inner depths) within oneself and often within one’s daily life as well: 
The fears and horrors (symbol: moon in scorpio) which burst out into the physical world are numberless and truly seem horrible, but are necessary for purification. The scarab is the symbol for the promise of resurrection, within all the confusion of the card. Usually after one of the towers has fallen, rise and rebirth becomes possible. (compare to the card of “XVI – The Tower”) 
So in the best case this card means facing a dark and oppressed part of oneself and implementing it in a positive way, to change one’s life to a better outcome. Often the events going on in one’s life during the current of this archetype is active, are too overwhelming to face them at first. Accept, stop fighting, close your eyes and just step over the border would be advised to solve this challenge. 

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