The Moon- Symbolic Analysis

Posted on June 8, 2011


“…each mind/body/spirit complex shall and should and, indeed, must perceive each archetype, if you use this convenient term, in its own way. Therefore, you may see that precision is not the goal; rather the quality of general concept complex perception is the goal.”- Ra, Session 77

The Moon


Arcanum 12

Key Observations

  • The Towers represent the building up of polarity in the spirit through life experience. The dogs serve as confidants on the journey offering both perspectives equally yet opposite. From the perspective of the moon however, the similarites between the two are less obvious, for are they not both dogs with towers? The only true difference then in the experience of duality is perspective.
  • The moon is brightly shining, hugged by clouds suspended in complete darkness. The only source of light remaining is that light which reflects the Logos. The moon reflects the sunlight much like the spirit itself is a reflection of the creator, only radiating a small portion of the intensity of all that is. The spirit is encased inside the darkness of the dense physical body.
  • The scorpion that transformations may take place upon the level appropriate to the action.


Session 29

Questioner: The gravity that we know of on our moon is less than it is on our planet. Is there a metaphysical principle behind this that you could explain?

Ra: I am Ra. The metaphysical and physical are inseparable. Thus that of which you spoke which attempts to explain this phenomenon is able to, shall we say, calculate the gravitational force of most objects due to the various physical aspects such as what you know of as mass. However, we felt it was necessary to indicate the corresponding and equally important metaphysical nature of gravity.

“By far, the majority of adepts remain groping in the moonlight and, as we have said, this light can deceive as well as uncover hidden mystery.”-Ra, Session 80

THE MOON: basic tarot story

 “Following the star the Fool travels through the night. The full Moon rises, illuminating for him a watery path. And he begins to feel disoriented, as if walking in his sleep.

He passes under the moon, between two pillars ancient and strange. Suddenly, he looks around to find himself in another land entirely.

When he was in the presence of the High Priestess, he saw hints of this dark land through the sheer veil draped behind her throne. And later, when he hung from the tree, he felt himself between the physical world and this one.

Now, he has at last passed behind the veil. Here are the mysteries he sought, at least, here are the dark mysteries, ones that have to do with the most primal and ancient powers; powers of nature, not of civilization. It is a land poets, artists, musicians and madmen know well, a terrifying, alluring place, with very different rules. Wolves, howling in homage to the moon, run wild across this land, hunting along side maidens with bow and arrows; and creatures from childhood nightmares and fantasies peer from shadows, eyes glowing.

The path the Fool was walking is now a river, and he stands hip-deep in the powerful pull of its salty, moonlit waters. There is, on the nearby shore, a small boat, but it has no rudder, no oar.

The Fool realizes he has only two choices. He can lose himself in this desolate, primal land of madness and illusion, howl with the wolves, be hunted down, or he can get into the boat, and trust himself to the river.

The moon will be in control either way, but in the boat, his surrender to the powers of the unconscious and the natural world will at least take him somewhere.

As the artists and poets and magicians know, inspiration, visions, genius, Moon magic, are the rewards of such surrender. The Fool gets into the boat, and shoves off. As the waters sweep him away, moon beams light his “path” and he feels the Mistress of this dark land gazing down at him with the High Priestess’s approving eyes.”


Modern key words for the moon:

Lack of clarity —– Tension —– Doubt —– Fantasy

Deception —– Psychological conflict —– Obscured vision

Confusion —– Illusion —– Fear —– Imagination —– Worry

Romanticism —– Anxiety —– Apprehension —– Unrealistic ideas