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Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot Key 18- The Moon & The Connolly Tarot Key 18-The Moon

The Thoth Tarot,Key 18-THE MOON
The universal principle of Choice and Authenticity.

This has been called the Karma Card ( work that needs to be done).

Ultimately, we have a daily choice between supporting our authentic self or our dutiful man-made self.  There is the Real which is the Spiritual Being and then there is reality, which are perspectives produced by the "self-reflection and/or indoctrinated identity that we call our ego or personality.

In this card we see the gates that are guarded by the Ra kings of Egyptian sun god myth, who stabilize and protect our energy as we transform from reality selves to our memory of Real Self. The Ra kings are depicted on this card as Anpu/Anubis, the Egyptian jackal headed god of Transformation (Rather than the traditional Hawk head) who remind us that we must leave the old to experience anything new.
 The Moon reminds us of the illusions of vulnerability of the survival mind. If you as an individual knows (not believes) that everyone you see is another way of being you; you are in the Real sight of divine self-awareness. You have "eyes of the Sun". If you see everyone as enemy or friend, you suffer from reality blindness brought on by the survival mind of the animal. Now you have "eyes of the Moon". You are a Psyche/Soul who is the Real Sun of The Divine Creative,  you should own the animal mind and mentor it, but because of the belief in  "survival perspective" the animal now owns you. You are a Lunatic because of your fears of sensuality: fear of pain, fear of discomfort, fear of vulnerability, all of which come from the foundational thought of "fear of being eaten", which is also called fear of death.

The Moon is a card representing illusion and reminds us that the illusion of the senses; yes illusion, as senses are all psychosomatic, meaning that not everyone has the same sensual experience from same environments or experiences; in other words they are not scientific proof. As a Soul (meaning Psyche), the body is only 1% of us, and its purpose is to define thought sensually; I
in other words to aid our creative psyche in discernment. To be an impeccable creator in a psycho-dynamic world, one needs the ability to discern which thought propels life forward and which thoughts retard it. It is all a psychodrama here, as life is but a "stage". Your perspective writes your Life.

 In the Qabalah, Reality is defined as trans-formative, the Real is the One who Transforms but is not the transformation itself. You may also see the Scarab beetle on the bottom of this card. This is the symbol of the Egyptian god Khepri, the god of transformations.

In the Thoth Card illustration, the Scarab is rolling the Sun across the horizon, into the other-world in the evening and this world at the dawn. This motion represents the renewal of life and the Real eternal existence of Psyche which is invisible and thus called dark.

The Moon card also represents the water sign Pisces. The traditional two fish of Pisces are symbolized here as the Anubi gate guardians, and represent the Picean commitment to evolutionary transformation.

The simple Hebrew
letter of Qoph (or Qof), translates into the English word,
sleep.
Thus we have a conscious relationship with the Moon, The bright Sun reflecting side, our waking consciousness and the dark sunless side of the "sleeping" subconsciousness. As the Moon has cycles, so does our Psyche, for during the cyclic phase of conscious withdrawal from the physical (Sleep) many of us still act upon the fantasies and information closely related to the bodies survival based experiences that are dreams in the subconscious. Their dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the bodies fear of pain and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful completion of the Path of The Moon.
To lucidly walk amongst your dreams or nightmares and reconstruct them as you wish, is to be a master of the path of Qoph.


The initiate, finds that birth, death, and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These biological processes occur in the light and dark of our sensual perceptions. 

The two figures of Anubis, the jackal-headed gate keepers, symbolize this cyclic process (Spiral energy) as the god Anubis was the Egyptian god of  light and darkness, death and resurrection. The "As above, so below", DNA like  pattern on this card also reinforces this meaning.

The Moon, symbolizes the process that consciousness goes through, when energy proceeds from order to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics) , from organized flesh assembly to the disassemble of death.

To understand the Qabalistic Path of Qoph-The Moon, is to understand the partnership of our personality consciousness with the physical vehicle, which the Soul, a Yod- Personality (Solar Personality) builds for each manifestation by fragmenting past built personalities and combining the fragmented data into a new personality. Since most people perceive themselves as  having existence only through their present bodies, there is this "illusion" of past lives; ghosts of feelings that have naught to do with this life but are memories of these past fragments. Understanding that you have at least Two Personalities; the Soul which is the Real Personal expression of the Solar Logos, and the artificial intelligence/personality developed by interaction with environment and indoctrination and then reconciling the two, is is often a most difficult  undertaking. 
The Moon was often seen as a Goddess of Life (White Goddess of Light) and a Goddess of Death ( Dark Goddess) at once praised and then feared. It is the physical vehicle's  fear of dying that hounds our consciousness in many subtle ways, producing phantoms who manifest as phobias, obsessions, and mental - emotional disorders. Our consciousness comes from the immortal Soul-Psyche, and is unused to such thoughts of fear filled ending. Souls recycle, the consciousness experiences, which are a "reflection" of the Soul Conscious-Personality on matter.

Bodies forget or just don't want to think about it, but they are also recycled; that they are a recycled part of the Whole Organic Organism, that we know as "Organic matter". Like I have often said to my own brain," You came from cranberries and to cranberries you shall return..." which is a slightly dark humor, that I use to give the brain pause from its attempts at survival thinking rather than listening to the "Inner Psyche" that I AM. 

The Qabalist learns quickly that We are not a physical brain nor its product. We are Spirit, who is both prepared to and supposed to program the brain with its own self-identity soft-ware, for the purpose of experiencing the discernment of being a "living thing" operated by "fecund and fertile" thought. With the experience of mortality, thoughts can no longer be indiscriminate mental ramblings of an imagination dreaming. They now must support life, and expand and liberate the "living" from self imposed limits, i.e. fear of death-based thoughts. However, this soul-produced "purpose" software, is purposely blocked by the "pleasure/pain" indoctrination techniques of "law makers" and "law follower" based cultures. For in a survival based animal society, there are "alphas" who rule the food, and the rest who must follow or not eat. This tends to make one docile and not purposeful.

As the Immortals, we are here to redesign the "survival mind" of the animal body. We are the Sun's of Living Creative Conscious Energy, who must reflect upon a world of Matter, our own self-realizations. This reflection of solar thoughts has been for generations, symbolized by the Moon image. For as we all know, this is the realm of "Reflected light" which is less than one percent of the total electromagnetic spectrum that is the medium of our " personality-consciousness".

As Solar Psyche, we bend, twist, spiral, light by a psycho-dynamic process of I AM ME. In other words, the perspectives/beliefs of an declaration. I AM... can be anything!

One could say, that on the Path of the Moon, the Souls learns to run the physical vehicle by expanding the brain's perspectives beyond that of  life and death, into the knowledge of personality-resurrection; for a personality that doesn't fear the physical world will not be fragmented! Rather, it will be able to "walk from one body to another"! For the Soul is the Will of Life and the Will of Death, and both must be a function of willful discernment!

Let's reiterate:
 The Moon, which is the 18th Key of the Major Arcana or Trump, 
is the Path of Qoph--meaning, 
back of head or ear.
Connecting Netzach (Victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom), the Path of Qoph is described as the "
Victory of the Material World" and/or the "deceptive  effect of the apparent power of the Material World".
  This path, is also known as the "Threshold to life", a spiritual birth that may be considered on two levels.


  1. On one level, it is the course of incarnation where the soul organizes the physical body of which it will inhabit.  It is a kind of sleep (physical consciousness not yet formed), a kind of pre-consciousness, that differentiates into mater from the collective unconscious of Netzach.
  2.  On another level, where the student is advancing spiritual awareness up the Tree of Life, it is a path of  conquest of the phantoms of their "man-made" personality which are creations of the created. Therefore the path of Qoph, is a probationary path, where the student must face the emotional phantoms hid in the dark recesses of their own mind, as well as those of the race.

This probationary path of emotional phantoms, can be disturbing to those of weak moral fiber who lack discernment and can pose real dangers to one's emotional stability.  On the other hand, those of virtue (True to Self) and therefore, have discerning minds that are strong enough to tread this Path and slay the monsters "within" their own sleep-consciousness. One who understands their psycho- mechanisms, gain the capacity to manipulate those qualities in themselves and those "selves" of others. Mastery of Illusion is a product of this path.

 Again, the meaning of the Hebrew word-Qoph, is the back of the head, behind the head itself is the Sun- or Resh in Hebrew. The Moon symbolizes the anterior to the bright intellect of the Sun.  The Moon, the Path of Qoph, only reflects the light of the Sun. Thus the central path of the Thoth Moon card goes from the  dark side of the Moon, towards the light side that reflects direct Sun-light. Using this concept of Sun and Moon,  the Personality is seen as a reflection of the Rising Solar Soul Identity.
This rising act of direct Sun-light is shown as the Egyptian Scarab symbol  of the God Kephera (kheprera), pushing the Sun towards the Moon. Basically, the Moon -Key-18, symbolizes the rebirth of light out of hideous darkness; bright intellect overcoming the dark denizens of our sub-conscious, i.e. the illusions of emotional fears.

In Thoth Deck Tarot, THE HIGH PRIESTESS, is a source of pure, crystal clear waters (consciousness) emerging from the God Head-The Father, to God the Son/Sun. The Same waters of consciousness are seen here on The Moon card, but they are polluted with the dark subconscious fears of mortality, that physical manifestation bestows on consciousness. However, as I have stated before, the traveling up the Path of Qoph, towards the "Son/Sun Consciousness" of Tiphareth, notably changes the body physiology, as the Bright Beautiful Light Intellect of the Sun (Tiphareth) descends into it. When traveling up the Path of Qoph, the Personality becomes increasing aware of the Higher Self and less controlled by the dark survival fears of the body.

Paul Foster Case called The Moon, the "Corporeal Intelligence" which means the "body consciousness". Also in Hebrew the word "corporeal" means "to rain upon", which is why we see the symbols of Yods raining down from the central orb of the card (Down from Tiphareth). Since this is a Watery Card, some of a more poetic bent, say that these Yod symbols are "tears of the Moon-Goddess" raining down and filling the Nile; tears being fragments of consciousness. However, what most Qabalistic Scholars agree on, is that something descends from the Moon to the Earth on the Path of Qoph, which is often represented as raining Yods.

The path of Qoph is that of primitive instincts, of nature red in "both tooth and claw" which emerges uncontrolled by moral or ethical reasoning. The traveler of this Path will face aspects of themselves that our culture forces them to repress but are indeed integral and undeniable parts of our predatory human form.  This is the Survival Mind, where the "law of the jungle" resides in the dark pools of violence and conquest. This can be a very cruel path to endure, until the student is able to fear not these internal demons; a fearlessness which removes the veils of darkness, allowing in the Bright Intellect of the Son who applies beautiful reason to our consciousness.


The Connolly Tarot-Key 18-The Moon, depicts the conscious and subconscious as Man and woman.
The man is showing and enlightened conscious personality as his glowing solar-head is facing the Moon. By showing the back of his head, we see he is on the path of Qoph. Raining down are the golden Yods (fiery hands of spirit) bringing clarity, his sword of severity is being cleansed in the pure pool of Consciousness (representing the Goddess), as well as his staff of life is now fertile and growing leaves. The subconscious is observing his walking towards the mystical moon which allows his intuition to be impregnated by the Sun/Solar Logos.
 The key word to this card is INTUITION.

When the Moon card is thrown during a reading the querent is experiencing:

  • Dissatisfaction and voluntary change is on the horizon.
  • The querent is experiencing choice and authenticity over old illusions and delusions.
  •  A call to enter into the darkness of the unconscious and to come to grips with one's fantasy made demons.
  • Within 18 weeks or 18 months the querent must take control of the survival mind and expand it beyond its fear based perspectives.
  •  They must remember, that they are a Spirit who owns a body, not a body who owns a spirit; an Immortal Conscious that owns a mortal consciousness.
  • The querent is reminded that they are functioning in the realm of the unconscious where they become aware that reality is a dream, that time/space and physical bodies are merely conceptions, and therefore deep cellular change is possible.
  • Often this is the Shamanic call to enter into the darkness of unconscious desires and fears so that you may transform them into functional motion rather than dysfunctional illusion.
  • Allow your intuitive powers to guide you.
  • Don't be deceived by illusions of security.

The Moon is about the Illusion of life and death, so there will be moments of lying, falsity, deception, if the card is ill dignified. 

To Skry this card is to enter the "Womb with a View", where one can see clearly the Raison d'etre of yourself and that of others. If you succeed in passing through the gates of Life and Death, be very careful how you use this knowledge!




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