Welcome to the Litha Tarot Blog Hop for 2015. We are over halfway through the Wheel of the Year — it’s going by so quickly!
For this season’s theme, we were asked to choose a Tarot card from the Major Arcana and write about it in any way we wanted in order to express our thoughts, feelings, interpretations, and so on of the card.
As a Lenormand Oracle creator who has been reading the Tarot for the last 16 years, one of the things that I find really interesting is the huge differences in the cards. There are some Lenormand Oracle cards with the same names as some Major Arcana cards in the Tarot. The Sun, The Moon and The Tower all make appearances in both the Tarot and in the Lenormand Oracle system. But, their names are where any similarities end. As a result, there is a need for a little rewiring for Tarot readers who wish to explore the Lenormand Oracle system. The rewiring is well worth it, however — I freaking ADORE using the Lenormand cards to compliment my Tarot readings. I think you will too.
Please read on for my comparison of the Moon cards in the Tarot and the Lenormand Oracle
The Structure and Status of The Card
The Tarot — The Moon in the Tarot is one of the Major Arcana cards which holds great significance when it appears in a Tarot reading. The Moon has a proper title and is specifically placed in order in the Major Arcana sequence with the number 18. The Moon also has a position on the Tree of Life, the pathway connecting Netzach to Malkuth. The Moon also is the Zodiac Sign of Pisces.
The Lenormand — In the Lenormand Oracle system, each card carries the same importance or weight in a reading. The Moon in the Lenormand system also doesn’t have a proper title — it is just the Moon card, meaning that it has less of an identity than the Moon of the Tarot deck. The Moon card is the 32nd card in the Lenormand deck and is the 8 of Hearts in playing cards.
Meaning of the Moon
The Tarot — The Moon card in the Tarot is linked to intuition, dreams, the unconscious, illusions, and shadow work. It may also represent fear or anxiety, false appearances, and general feelings of uncertainty. The Moon has an ever changing light so it does not illuminate everything, thus the landscape may seem to be constantly changing. I feel that The Moon in the Tarot is a card indicating that you are not sure of your footing or the next step in your life or journey. The Moon also represents feels of watching the shadows and the tricks of the mind due to the blue light of The Moon.
The Lenormand — In the Lenormand system, the Moon represents emotions, especially feelings of moodiness, creativity, and romance. It also may represent intuition, recognition, fame and the arts. The Moon is the card of the evening.
Imagery of the Card
The Imagery of any Tarot or Oracle deck is completely up to the creator. Here I have shown to paintings that I have created for both the Moon Card in the Tarot and for my Prince Lenormand Oracle deck.
The Tarot is rich with symbols and this is one of the details that makes this system so magical. When we delve into a card, we are often triggered by symbols on or in that card.
In The Rider-Waite Smith deck and some of the replicas or RWS-inspired decks, we often find all or some of these symbols:
- A crayfish — The crayfish is linked to the depths of our subconscious and the allusiveness of it.
- Two pillars — The pillars stand for the two outside pillars on the Tree of Life: The Pillar of Mercy and the Pillar of Severity.
- An Eclipse — The eclipse brings together our conscious and subconscious minds to reach inner knowledge.
- A Dog and/or a Wolf — The Dog is domestic while the Wolf is wild. These are examples of our nature and of our minds.
The Moon Painting by Ethony
The Lenormand Oracle
- The Moon — The moon in the Lenormand Oracle is usually represented as a Full Moon.
- Simple backdrop — A simple backdrop is usually used in order to focus attention on the main symbol
The Moon Card from The Prince Lenormand Oracle
Most Lenormand Oracle decks are simpler and more straight forward than the Moon, whereas with the Tarot there are many more symbols and details on the card.
I could easily explore just one Tarot Card all day! The Tarot is amazingly rich with many layers — it’s so easy to get lost in the world of the Tarot. The Lenormand Oracle system may seem simple when you scratch the surface, but it is equally as complex as the Tarot. I love the Lenormand because it is different while being enchanting and sassy.
Thank you to our host for this blog hop, Alison Cross.