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The Moon

by Bat Chicken

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Card Meaning
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Artist's Bio

Description

The crab is struggling out of the water onto a rock carved with the spirals of cycles and change. Its shell is cracked. The Moon is full and shines between two old trees, which are casting long dark shadows. The colours of the trees are slightly blue to the left and red to the right. A female face is formed in the branches of the left hand tree and looks down on the crab. The scene is the full moon and aurora borealis in Spring Equinox and the snow has not yet left the North.

A journal entry while studying the Moon card for this project:
 
I have lived for millennia in the Ocean of Dreams, watching obscure forms gently morph and sway in the soft waters. I have moved across liquid Sands of Time, basking in their filtered gaze. In this moment, I stand in the in the reflected light of the sun, and deep shadows lay before me. This place of transition frightens me for its gifts lie beyond the darkness of the forest before me...
 
Who waits for me in the darkness? Should I fear them? Or are they like me - but shadows on the cavern wall? I must sacrifice the light and pass through my fear for the wisdom beyond the shadows.
 
Life hurts. My shell is brittle on the surface - and broken. I feel the shattered pieces pierce my soft flesh and as I bleed in this strange place, I am mocked by courage. I bathe my wounds in the healing silver drops of the Moon.
 
The tree spirits beckon me into the shadows that lead to the moonlit path. I crawl out of the shards of my past, despite its painful release. The path ahead is indistinct, I feel my way to the threshold of the Moons illumination and receive her gift, where my fear is transformed into beauty. 

Symbolism

Numerologically, the Moon (18) is connected to the Hermit (9). Where the Hermit teaches inner knowledge, the Moon translates that to the outer world. Visually, it has a deep connection with the High Priestess as the Moons landscape is what that lies behind her.
 
The crab represents our primitive self, locked in a moment and full of fear. Its shell is cracked indicating the need for a change, painful as it may be. The two trees are the gateway to the light and wisdom, but the crab must first pass through the shadows sacrifice the light for knowledge and wisdom. The crab crawls up a rock carved with spirals, symbols of flux and reflux.
 
The trees and their shadows represent the gateway that must be passed through. The tree on the left (subconscious) side is slightly blue, representing water. The tree on the right is slightly red/brown  to represent fire (conscious). The extremes of either will cause the crab to lose its way. It will take courage to pass between them. The opposite of fear is trust and the crab must trust itself and the universe to avoid losing its way.

Card Meaning

Dreams, facing fears, imagination, illusion, anxiety, shadow self, intuition, cycles, change, visions, transition

Artistic Media

Acrylic paint on masonite, photographed and titled in Photoshop.

Artist's Bio

Bat Chicken (Michelle) is a doodler and graphic designer that always wanted to be an artist. She took up the brush in 2001 and started painting. In 2004, she was introduced to the Tarot and began an exciting journey of discovery. BC  found this project to be an incredible learning experience on many levels. She learned a lot about her shadow self.

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