the moon is a card of shadows, intuition, creativity, dreams, and fear. the moon shows a path inviting us to journey into the unknown. the moon's light is bright and powerful to to be seen within the darkness. the moon pulls us on this path. we may turn around, but we are called to seek discovery of what lies ahead in the shadows. but as we step ahead to move along this path in the darkness, we cannot see clearly, so we must rely on our intuition. our intuition may guide us but we must be willing to surrender.
we all have a light and shadow side, but in times of transformation we tend to shy away from the shadow side to move towards the light side. but i believe to truly recognize and know our light side, we must explore the shadows. this exploration leads to depths unknown, where we may uncover truths, dreams, and fears, parts of ourselves we did not know where buried. through unburying these fears, dreams, and truths, we may release them. we may let go of deep seeded fears and live a more free existence. we may discover dreams that we had forgotten and now are able to cultivate. we may rise to experience the truths of our being, undoing the ones that no longer serve, and treasuring the truths that ground us and build us up. when we go on this journey into our subconscious, we allow some of what was hiding to step into the light, which on the moon of card of the Rider-Waite deck is represented by the lobster coming out of the water at the beginning of the path. whatever this is that is coming out of the shadows into the light for us is something that needs to be acknowledged. it is asking to be seen. the moon card asks us to not only see it, but take this journey to get to know it deeper. we are really being asked to get to know ourselves deeper, even the dark parts that we wish to not always see or let be seen. because within the dark shadow side of ourselves remains profound truths we must uncover to lead us to the freedom that we wish to experience within our light side.
fear arises as we seek truth within our deeper selves, as we search for the light that peaks through our shadows. although we must face those fears, we have guidance. it is within ourselves. we know how to navigate this dark side of ourselves. it remains familiar even when unknown fully. the moon calls us to use our intuition, to trust ourselves, to accept our internal force of wisdom. something deep in ourselves knows what we need to uncover and how to do so. it is our call to surrender to this knowing. Jason Gruhl uses these words in his description of the moon in the Fountain Tarot deck, "It's not too late to turn back, but if you truly want freedom, you will brave the current and surrender to the waves of cosmic intuition." He brings up the idea that this intuition we must rely on is not only within ourselves, but it is universal. the universe supports us in this knowing of where we are headed on this journey into the shadows. we must surrender to the wisdom of the universe. we must not only trust in ourselves, our intuition, and our internal compass, but also put faith in the universe. trust, faith, and surrender bring up fear, but most of our fear comes from the unknown. so as we journey, let us move into the unknown, to seek the truth and see what truly lies there, so that we may know longer fear it. let us embrace what we discover. let us embrace our shadow side and the depths it holds. in this embrace, we may gain immense freedom.