The Moon

The Moon

Yesterday I got a chance to catch part of Caroline Casey’s radio show, The Visionary Activist, on KPFA. She interviewed Sandra Ingerman about her new book, How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Tools for Transformation. At the end of the show, Ingerman told the following story, which she includes in her book:

A boy says to his grandfather, “Grandfather, there are two wolves in my heart and they are fighting.” The grandfather replies, “Which do you think will win?” And the boy answers, “The one I feed.”

I was instantly reminded of the dog and the wolf of The Moon card. The wolf represents the wild in us—the part of us that is motivated by a desire for fun or adventure, or perhaps instinct, or survival. The dog represents the tame in us—the part of us that is motivated by social norms and conventions, or a desire for domestic stability.

When The Moon Card appears in a reading, it, in part, asks us to consider whether there is a conflict in our heart symbolized by the dog and the wolf. We must ask ourselves which one we will feed.

Exercise for Reflection:

Go through your deck and find a card that represents the wolf in your heart. Find another card that represents the dog. Lay the cards next to each other. What story do they tell? If there are people or animals in these cards, imagine what they might say to one another.

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Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.  Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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