The following is a 3 cards spread. I do not remember who created it.
Position 1) My own energy (physical, mental, emotional, focus).
Position 2) The energy around me (people, situations I will be dealing with.)
Position 3) Advice.
The Moon is a Major Arcana, number 18 . (1+8) = 9. The element is water.
Today I will likely be a bit moody, as I reflect on the sudden unexpected changes going on around me.
Those surprises may come in the form of things that do not go the way I, or someone I care for, was hoping and/ or expecting.
Both the Moon and the Wheel have a connection to time. So, my sense of timing could be off.
Today’s events could be a reminder of how fate and timing have a way to mess up even the best plans.
The advice with the 9 of cups could be to enjoy the moment. Live in the present as there are no guaranties where the future is concerned.
The energy of nine comes up twice and both times in the element of water.
Nine are about approaching the end of a cycle or of an experience. It is a time to finish what we started, integrate it and then let it go.
Water is about feelings, dreams, intuition, reflection, going with the flow.
Reading reversals is relatively new to me.
Had the Wheel been up right, I would have said to jump at an opportunity, which would turn out to be exactly what I need or want. The jumping part, would be the new and unusual response to the Moon. As I am a Virgo and I tend to plan everything and avoid leaps of faith. The fact that both the Moon and the 9 of cups are water, makes me think that all the reflection and pondering may get the earth of the wheel stuck.
To sum it up. My interpretation with the Wheel up right, would be to let go of doubts and fantasies and seize the sudden opportunity that will turn out to be just what I want and need.
With the Wheel reversed I feel the Moon becomes more dangerous. Perception may be off and mistakes done easily. How do I reconcile than the advice of the 9 of cups? Which to me is like a green light?
So many ways to interpret the cards! I am confused.
I have a feeling that I am missing something that is staring me straight in the face. Would you interpret the cards differently? I invite you to share your own ideas in the comments below.
I have decided to write a short follow up to the reading above, which I did yesterday.
It turns out the Tarot reading was not about my day after all. It was about the book I started reading immediately after. I love books and I am a very fast reader. Anyway, at the end of the day I could see the similarities between the Tarot reading and the novel I was reading. Today I finished it and the ending confirmed my suspicion. “The underside of joy” tells the fictional story of a woman that goes from bliss to despair in the blink of an eye. Her husband dies when a wave hits him while he is taking pictures. I know, it sounds more like a Tower moment, but the way she deals with everything that follows, and it is a lot, it is consistent with the wheel. She goes through the Moon energy with despair, nightmares, fears, but she manages to grab control of the Wheel more than once. She has inspirational ideas. She acts on them at amazing speed and in the end it all works out. She gets her 9 of cups, her wish is granted, two actually. Why did the cards speak about the story I was about to read? Because the spread was for the day and I ended up reading for a good chunk of it. Also, I love books and I can get totally sucked into a good story or a good movie. Have I learned anything from this? Yes, a few things. There was more than one correct interpretation for the Wheel in this reading. 1) The effect of fate. The husband was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Her life and the life of his children were changed forever in an instant. 2) I often say that the Wheel can be like a tornado or being caught in the undertow. There is no point fighting it, it is too strong. Wait it out. Once it is over, look around and do the best you can . 3) When reading the cards it helps to start with a clear question and yet sometimes Tarot likes to color outside the picture.