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Trump 18-The Moon, Ix Chel
Ix Chel (pronounced e’shel) the Mayan Soul of the Moon; she weaves the fabric of life from experience, knowledge, and wisdom. She is patroness of childbirth and of weavers; she is present in our sensuality, our sexuality, our creative prowess, our ability to mend the fabric of our own lives, our intuition, and our visionary dreams. She is the Goddess of Water as in that rôle she becomes an Earth Goddess—Earth gives form to Water. Her symbolic animals are the dragonfly and the serpent.
As a Pisces woman who for many years practiced the rites of passage associated with childbirth in the capacity of a midwife, I relish seeing the Moon card elevated above the more common connection with psychological illness and pathological behaviour.
Astrologically, Pisces is often written off as the head-in-the-clouds, unrealistic, ill-equipped, confused, vulnerable, and conversely manipulative of the signs. However, the free flowing nature of Pisces often works in our favour, not against it. Our receptive minds allow us to go-with-the-flow and *see* potential, possibility, and solution provide a privy not always available to other signs.
Lyle and Aspland say, “The Fishes swimming in opposite directions signify Pisces’ need to balance the conflicting demands of its inner world with material reality.” By my utter lack of motivation over the past weeks it is only too obvious that my personal balance is truly outtah-whack!
Dr. Wang reminds me that the Path of Qoph is “…the deceptive effect of the apparent power of the Material Force.” I admit to being caught up in that force, but! Ix Chel offers me the reflected light by which I can, with determination, increase the illumination available through Resh, the head reckoned with in the Sun card, and call forth the Corporeal Intelligence that is the form of every body and is the increment of each of the sets of worlds recognized via the pathworking of the Tree of Life.
The questions presented by the trump are as regular and routine as the phases of the zodiacal Moon and the Tarot Moon. Those questions begin with a look at the OGD inclusion of the legend of Artemis, one of the goddesses of the hunt who also is a goddess of the savage aspects of childbirth: childbirth can be and often is vicious and unforgiving. Artemis bore no breech of her rules and regulations and those who stepped across the boundaries where, quoting Dr. Wand, “immediately and ferociously punished. So too does Ix Chel have a dark and vindictive side, albeit it camouflaged with the colours of chel, the rainbow. In her rôle of Jaguar goddess, Ix Chel represents the waning fertility of the process of ageing and the _dryness_ that accompanies growing old. She is the devourer of youth; she renders, tears, and aborts life.
However, she is fiercely independent and with only a modicum of devotion we can share her fierceness and her independence.
Mythical Goddess Tarot Deck by Sage Holloway Author and Katherine Skaggs Artist
Copyright © 2008, Sage Holloway and Katherine Skaggs
Star Chalice Sisters Publishing
ISBN-10: 0-9821033-0-1/ISBN-13: 978-0-9821033-0-2
About this deck: a deck in the primitive style that uses colour and form to create a vibrant deck of 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. Although the trumps have renamed in keeping with the goddess theme of the deck, each is recognizable. Trump # 8, Law, Crow Woman, attributed to zodiacal Libra, is comparable to Justice, while trump # 11 Sacred Fire White Buffalo Calf Woman, attributed to zodiacal Leo, can be compared to Strength in some other decks.
The suits are Seas, emotions, feelings, the heart; Wind, thoughts, the mind; Earth, the physical world, health, finances; Fire, spirit, will. The royals are Child, Maiden, Mother, Crone: the aspects of the goddess.
The Instant Astrologer: Book of Interpretations
Felix Lyle and Bryan Aspland
Text copyrighted © Felix Lyle, 1998
This edition Copyrighted © Eddison Sadd Editions 1998
The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy
Copyright © 2004 Robert Wang
This Revised Edition Published by Marcus Aurelius Press
It seems appropriate to be setting sail on a Tarot journey on this, the eve of the first Full Moon in 2011. I invite you to travel along with me, to take what you can from my journal, and to add your insights and inspirations along the way.
Edited to add: Here at the Abode, the reflected light of the just-short-of-Full Moon was powerful enough to cast shadows and create pools of mysterious, shifting illuminations that, with only a modicum of provocation, could have become the dwelling places of ghosts, goblins, and other denizens of the imagination. From the howls and baying across the valley I was not the only one Moon stricken.