Tarot Card of the Week: Aug 21 – Aug 27, 2017
This week’s card honors the New Moon Total Solar Eclipse, which is taking place on Monday, August 21st at 28° Leo 52.’
The Eclipse card is the Whispering Tarot’s version of the Moon card, which from an astrological perspective is tied to feelings, emotions, intuition and primal instincts, as well as the unconscious mind.
It relates to security issues and needs which can translate to insecurity, uncertainty, fears and apprehensions. And these are all emphasized in the Tarot’s version of the Moon.
It can manifest as confusion, uncertainty or paranoia, especially when we try to analyze it logically, which is foreign to the realm of the Moon.
Just as we can’t fully appreciate the beauty of the Moon in the light of day (consciousness), we struggle to grasp its archetypal meaning through the lens of logic or reason.
The Eclipse card takes this a step further by bringing in some of the symbology associated with the dark side of the Moon. It can refer to anxiety and confusion, based on instincts that you can’t make rational sense of.
The New Moon solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, temporarily shielding the Sun’s light from view. It exposes the deepest, darkest regions our psyches and forces us to acknowledge (and deal with) our shadow sides. But none of us are left in the dark. Whatever has been hidden or repressed is revealed as the Sun re-emerges with newfound clarity.
This card speaks of the need to get in touch with your emotions. Even the deeper, darker, scarier emotions, the “Shadow side” of you psyche, the part that so many of us deny or ignore. It’s related to mystery and the unknown, all that is hidden and that lies beneath the surface. This is the realm of the unconscious: that which is churning beneath your awareness and which often translates externally as anxieties, suspicions and fears.
You may feel that something is “off” but can’t articulate your reasons because it’s not based on evidence, only intuition. It refers to mysteries that are hard to unravel. You may be working with insufficient information or making assumptions based on feelings rather than facts. Either way you could run into opposition from others who challenge you to justify your instincts.
The images in this card reflect the consequences of letting your fears take over your life. There’s the uncertainty regarding the paths that are laid out before the woman in the card. There’s the serpent and the wine goblet enticing her to indulged in things she knows she must resist. What’s left of the light of the Sun is projected onto the city below, transposing its mirror image onto the surface of the water. As water is tied archetypally to the unconscious and to the realm of emotions, the Eclipse card invites you to explore its murky depths.
Take some time this week to take stock of what is in your life that is just not working for you anymore. What needs to be purged, released or transformed. This can refer to people in your life, material possessions that are sitting around gathering dust, outdated ideas and belief systems, fears and insecurities, and even excess weight or stress-related health issues.
The Eclipse forces you to face your fears and do what needs to be done to overcome them. It brings what has been hidden to light and encourages you to embrace change.
You can quiet your fears by reminding yourself that you won’t be left permanently in the dark. The Eclipse card reminds us that things are still “up in the air” and that the future has not yet been written. There’s still much to do and still time time to achieve the outcome you desire. You can work on curtailing some of the more harrowing elements (doubt, fear, suspicion and paranoia) and tap into the more uplifting aspects (intuition, perception, sensitivity and discernment) instead.
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