|Joie de Vivre Tarot, US Games 2011|
Maybe it's the shadow of a star seen in the water under the feet of the figure playing violin. I imagine those three owls are harmonizing on the background vocals. There are no monsters of the subconscious emerging from the mirky depths here. Just a cute little crab, marked himself with a star, clinging onto the tree. There's an eye carving just above him. The owls have little halos containing star, moon and sun motifs. A dragonfly perches on the neck of the violin, as if receiving a message from the music which it will carry off into the night, like an intention (or indeed, a wish) released into the universe.
Well, the full moon is considered a powerful time for magic and wish-making...
I had a little check of the LWB to see what the artist, Paulina Cassidy, might have to say, and she confirms that this card is about release and fulfillment: 'Illuminating hidden truths, the moon's energy brings clarity to the surface...trust your intuition, and create a life of your imagination and design. Magic is within.' So what I see rising to the surface in this card is not the Big Bad of the depths (though Cassidy does say we must face our hidden truths)--it's the star, rising up. It's the wish from deep inside that we can bring to fulfillment. Not the hidden monster, but the hidden truth, the hidden wish.
Wish upon a star, indeed. Moon magic.