The Crescent Moon

The crescent moon
The crescent moon

On my walk yesterday evening I was inspired to write about the crescent moon symbol when I spied this beauty peeking out from behind a majestic pine.

There are three Tarot cards in the Morgan-Greer deck that contain this particular moon-phase imagery (waxing), and it helps to understand the symbol to interpret one of these cards when it falls in a spread: the HIGH PRIESTESS, EMPRESS, and CHARIOT Major Arcana Tarot cards.

Often this crescent moon is associated with the feminine architype, which is in all of us, and it’s positive aspects shows up as intuition, inner knowledge, the unconscious, and insights from Spirit. This moon also represents regeneration, and the natural gravitational pull or cycle of life. Creativity, illumination, and change are additional aspects of the crescent moon. These are basic characteristics of the crescent moon—it’s a complex symbol that’s been used throughout recorded history.

The HIGH PRIESTESS rests both feet on the crescent moon—she is solidly grounded in her intuition. And, the crescent moon hovers over her third eye—illuminating the gateway to higher consciousness. With these attributes, the High Priestess can intuitively and with intent hold the tension between opposites (note the white and black columns she sits between). She has access to the scrolls of life held confidently in her lap—possibly the Akashic Records?

The EMPRESS is an ultimate image of the Feminine archetype—her left (feminine) foot rests on the crescent moon suggesting her creativity—she is pregnant with potential and is guarded by Spirit (the shield she carries).

The CHARIOT card shows a strong and mature male, and the waxing crescent-moon phase we’re discussing (setting intentions) and the waning crescent-moon phase (surrender and rest) sit on his right and left shoulders—he maturely controls opposing forces (the white and black horses) with the masculine aspects of strength and conviction and is guided by intuition. The crescent moon also sits atop and completes his stylized trident—the moon forms the two outer prongs—rather than using the trident in anger, as Poseidon, he leans on it to guide his emotions.

If you pull one of these cards, or one falls in a spread, think about the symbology of the crescent moon!


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