Today’s card is The Moon from the Manga Tarot.
I’ve done The Moon before as a a card of the day, but I decided to do it again, despite the fact that I am nowhere near finished with all the cards. I’m doing it because when I looked at this Moon card, I had no idea how I would read it. And when I feel like that about a card it’s a signal that I have some work to do with the card.
Okay, so in the RWS smith card the moon can mean not seeing clearly or believing illusions. It can also mean imagination too. Maybe that’s what this Moon is telling me. Dancing in the moonlight with a polar bear could certainly be a dream. And, as I looked closer you can see that they’re dancing on the water. The swans are swimming around their feet on a little pond.
Maybe I picked this card right now because I really need some magical dreamlike escape in my life right now. These last few weeks have been really difficult. I’ve been feeling really drained and there’s been a low grade constant anxiety humming in the back of my thoughts. I could use a little dreamy distraction from the fear and difficulties of life for a queer person in the United States.
I most often read the Moon as a witchy power card, but that’s not the meaning I’m getting from this one. I think this one is about embracing the imagination and letting it lift you out of whatever you’re mired in. The song walking in the air sprang to mind as I looked at the sky in the card. That song is a really nostalgic song for me and it takes me back to my childhood. I now have the image of the girl and the bear flying through the night sky together. Maybe with the swans too. Swans can be fierce protectors and I think that’s their role in this card, the bear, a symbol of strength and power, is inviting the girl to step out of the things that threaten to drag her down. This card feels to me a little floaty and dreamy. I think it’s encouraging us to dream freely, especially if we’re feeling dragged down by the harsh realities of daylight. Take respite in the light of the moon where things aren’t as sharp, and let your mind drift away from everything that’s hard and ugly.
After all, it’s a marvelous night for a moon dance.