Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Moon On Water, from the Wild Wood Tarot, by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, Artwork by Will Worthington
The Moon On Water:
Position on the Wheel: “The Moon On Water is placed at the womb of the Wheel, the Midwinter Solstice on 21 December and the dark sun. It’s element is Earth and it is at the gateway of the soul. It is the mystic still point where ideas and desires change from pure thought to objective reality.”
Card Description: “A full moon rising above primal swampland illuminates a dark winter sky. The fallow landscape is dotted with the hardy marsh reeds that survive and thrive in the peat-enriched water. A primal egg lies submerged in the nutrient rich swamp full of potential energy and creative power. The bare trees reach up towards the sky and await the return of spring as a flight of crows and a heron circle above. A lone aurochs moves across the mysterious landscape.
The moon is the nearest companion to us in the solar system and it physically affects the tides and cycles of life on Earth, but its power goes far beyond that. In the primal world of the Wildwood, the moon also becomes the sacred and mysterious light that illuminates the darkness of the utter void. It is therefore a symbol of all the unconscious or unrealized insights into human reality.”
Card Meaning: “In the image of full of potential energy and creative power. The bare trees reach up there is no visible pathway for the traveler, and yet its reflective light illuminates the whole landscape. We stand at the edge of the watery marsh, representing the primordial emotional state that holds all potential and creative energy within the human psyche, and are drawn to the horizon where moon meets Earth beyond the barren trees. Beyond the flight of the sacred heron lies the fusion of our ancestral soul with the soul of the Earth.
Before us is the primal egg, submerged in the amniotic fluid of the world, waiting for the creative impulse that begins the process of life. The aurochs’ horns represent fertility as well as the horns of the waxing and waning moon. The shape of the horns and the head resemble the womb and fallopian tubes. In Mithraic and Druidic tradition, the bull or ox also had a sacrificial role at midwinter, representing the coming of new life from the ‘death’ of winter. The heron is a sacred totem bird of fertility and is also known in Ireland as siothlagh a bhoga, meaning ‘sheelag of the boglands’, a euphemism for a promiscuous woman, although in the form of a stork the bird takes over the mysteries of reincarnation, offering powerful insights into the mystery of life itself.
The Moon On Water signifies the first steps beyond earthly awareness across the primal emotions void of creation. She also encompasses the dark-moon aspects of fertility, sexuality and initiation as well as the irrational fear of the creatures that are associated with the night such as faeries and demons and other hidden or unseen shapes of ancestral memory.”
Reading Points: “The Moon On Water heralds a time of inner transformation, initiation or awareness. This may take the form of a seemingly random situation based in the emotional or spiritual spheres, but your inner voice may have been whispering for some time and gone unheeded. Now your soul brings into your physical world the symbolic keys to the collective human subconscious. This may take the form of a desire to investigate or study a doctrine, philosophy or esoteric pursuit, or the wish to explore untapped sexual energy and experience a tighter spiritual bond with a partner through honesty and the expression of your hidden desires. From here, you can begin to wrestle with the concept that consciousness is not within you, but that you are within the consciousness of the universe.”
Roots and Branches: “The dark of the moon. Rebirth. The still point of potential. The path of the moon on the water. The gateway of the Soul. The tides of emotion and consciousness. The primal source of intuition and initiation.”*
~ by Mark Ryan and John Matthews
Interesting that this card of the full moon talks about the dark of the moon. Today is no ordinary full moon as we have a lunar eclipse to amplify the energies. The full moon is a time of heightened emotions and the bringing to the surface of those emotions which usually run so deep we feel that they have been buried forever. This particular full moon and eclipse is asking us to dig really deep and bring it all up to the surface, once and for all. This is the time to bless and release that which we have carried with us for far too long. Lifetimes perhaps. Old pain, old trauma, old wounds will all come bubbling up. Instead of taking the mighty effort to stuff them back down, be courageous enough instead to sit with them. Take them out one by one and turn them thoughtfully in the light of the moon. See them from every angle. Breathe them in. Hold it. Feel it. Bless it. And release it one final time with forgiveness and gratitude for the lessons learned. Exhale.
Not to add any pressure, but whether you choose to surrender to this process will have an impact not only on the rest of this year and the nine year cycle to follow, but quite possibly the rest of your days here in this incarnation. As I said, no pressure!
Why pack that baggage around any longer? Why not finally sort through it and let go of all that no longer serves you? Why not step into the 8:8 Lion’s Gateway portal of energy lighter than you ever thought possible? It is tomorrow after all…
*Wild Wood Tarot, by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, Artwork by Will Worthington