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ᵀᴴᴱ ᴰᵁᴰᴱ ᵀᴼᴼᴷ ᴰᴼᵂᴺ ᴬ ᴮᴸᴵᴹᴾ ᴮʸ ˢᴹᴵᴸᴵᴺᴳ ˢᴸᴵᴳᴴᵀᴸʸ ᴴᴬᴿᴰᴱᴿ ᴬᵀ ᴵᵀ, ᴬᴺᴰ ʸᴼᵁ ᵀᴴᴵᴺᴷ ᴴᴱ ᶜᴬᴿᴱˢ ᴬᴮᴼᵁᵀ ʸᴼᵁᴿ ᴼᴾᴵᴺᴵᴼᴺ

ᴵᶠ ᴵ ᵂᴱᴿᴱ ʸᴼᵁ, ᴵ ᵂᴼᵁᴸᴰᴺ'ᵀ ˢᵀᴱᴾ ᵀᴼ ᴬ ᴳᵁʸ ᵂᴵᵀᴴ ᴬᴺ ᴬᴺᵀᴵ⁻ᴬᴵᴿᶜᴿᴬᶠᵀ ᴳᴿᴵᴺ

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The Moon

Another Tarot card design! This time, The Moon. The Moon tends to be a more negative card, symbolising fear, anxiety about the unknown as well as the unknown itself, illusions, deception, mental illness, and being so overwhelmed you can’t make a clear mental path ahead. In a positive light, it can symbolise heightened psychic awareness/intuition and deeper understanding of the self and subconscious.

I didn’t veer too far away from the standard Rider-Waite version of this card, since I didn’t really feel the need to. The main difference is a greater emphasis on nature as my approach to spiritual matters tends to be more animistic. I made the wolves more prominent, replaced the pillars with barren trees and like most of my designs my characters are in natural environments. The human figure is to mirror fear. I won’t go into all of it since there’s a lot of symbolism in this card, but the wolves represent the danger of the predator-filled night as well as being signifiers of the animal soul inside all human beings. The crayfish is a bottom-feeding animal, and emerging from the waves it symbolises the surfacing of deep-rooted psychological issues (usually in the form of dreams). The image of the sea on the darkened part of the moon is a symbol of the great unknown, as well as referring to the deep associations this card has with water and the sea in particular.

I’m pretty happy with this! I think I might try a less symbolic card in the next one, so I can explore my own personal animistic symbolism a bit deeper.

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“Lord, when shall we be done growing? As long as we have anything more to do, we have done nothing… for the very fingers that now guide this pen are not precisely the same that just took it up and put it on this paper. Lord, when shall we be done changing?”

Herman Melville, 1851

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