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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Moon magic

Joie de Vivre Tarot, US Games 2011
As soon as I turned this card over today I heard Jiminy Cricket singing 'Wish Upon a Star':

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dreams
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

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.


  1. Beautiful! Makes my heart smile.

    1. Thank you. I'm feeling a bit sparkly-eyed lately, don't know why.

  2. Beautiful reading, Carla! Love your positive take on the magic of the moon...

    I have to admit, when I first saw this card it made me think of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. A sense of madness unleashed, the owls sitting on and laughing at the ludicrous humans, and that fiddler playing a jaunty jig as she watches from a safe distance. Hmm, what does that say about my state of mind today *eek*