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The Moon — Spiritual Message of the Day

June 8, 2011

The Moon -- Tarot of the MastersThe pale light of the moon casts an eerie glow on nocturnal landscapes making the world seem both frightening and mystical. Similarly, our spiritual path sometimes takes us into the darkness where the silver light of our intuition shines so that we may find our magic and we may confront and overcome our fears. In this way, we also find our authentic selves.

But why do we have to leave the apparent safety of the light and travel into the darkness? After all, doesn’t the familiar light of the material world protect us from the uncertainty of a world we can’t perceive with our physical senses? This may seem to be the case, but it’s a golden trap. We fear that we are being called to relinquish the material world, so we hesitate to enter the dark forest, but as the nineteenth century writer and psychologist, Havelock Ellis said, “the Promised Land always lies on the other side of the Wilderness”. Or, using a more recent popular metaphor, sooner or later we have to make Neo’s choice (from the movie, The Matrix) between the red pill and the blue pill.

For a time, then, we enter the dark night of the soul, which is a time when we are turning away from the material world although we are yet able to see the spiritual world. Ultimately, however, we will discover a surprising truth about the supposed darkness of the spiritual world. It is only when we see with just our physical eyes that it seems dark like a moonlit landscape while the material world seems bright. When we learn to see with the eyes of our soul, the sacred world of the Divine becomes bright and is revealed to be the sunlit world we find in the next card in the Tarot’s Major Arcana, the Sun card.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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One Comment
  1. Ishtar Babilu Dingir permalink

    This reminds me of the movie, Avatar. When Jake is first left behind in the forest by the rest of the Ops team, and night falls, he panics and creates a flaming torch in order to see by and also to fend off animals. But this torch just succeeds in attracting fierce animals who start to attack him. After he is rescued by the lovely Neytiri and she leads him through the forest, the plants of the forest light up, showing the way. This was a metaphor about learning to live in the forest, where different rules apply.

    The light of the Moon card also reminds me of the stellar light of the Underworld, which is different to sunlight. In terms of Mystery teachings or shamanism, I think the Moon represents the Underworld.

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