Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The Moon can be an ominous card. If I were a dog or a a wolf, both seen on this card, #18 of the Major Arcana, baying and howling at a massive supermoon, eerily pale against the indigo sky and framed by 2 dark, stone towers, I’d be scared, too. The Moon looks loud, the howling animals are loud:
What the hell is it?
I don’t know!
The Moon, in the past position next to the Star in the present looks like the same picture, like a panorama. In the moonlight a little purple crawfish crawls up to the shore as if being called, the way fish beach themselves to spawn under a full moon. How do animals know that stuff? They have some kind of inner ‘thing’. The crawfish looks like he’s about to crawl out and up to a road that leads through the barking animals and dark towers over the distance hills and straight up to the moon, but he doesn’t come all the way up out of the water – ’cause he doesn’t know what that thing is either. I can’t resist, he says, but..what if it’s just a pile of rocks up close? The little purple one is the only one really ‘in tune’ on this card, which in the past position reminds me of my favorite Disneyland ride, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Strapped into a little Model T, you careened around in crazy foglights in the dark as things popped out in front of you, above you, behind you, and it was all very weird and surreal and you can’t tell what the hell’s going on then it’s over. This is that. Sort of. Juvenile delinquents (ahem) would jump out of the cars, sneak around in the dark and mess with stuff and then jump back on, but they got wise to that a long time ago and now have people hiding in the dark and watching. This is the fine line between visions & illusions, illusions & delusions, intuition, animal instincts and ‘full moon madness’. Glad to see it in the past.
In the center, the nude woman under the stars seems to be drawing water from the same pond – she says nothing, but appears to be listening to something: a glowing 7 pointed star shining down on her as she draws and pours, from the past to the future positions.
This is serious stuff – all 3 of these cards are Major League Arcana, and all three address the subconscious. The past and the present merge, and the naked woman always reminds me of the character in the Lars Von Trier film “Melancholia” who lays naked on a grassy bank at night by a stream, offering herself to the approaching mysterious planet Melancholia, whose effects she subconsciously feels before anyone else does. The Moon and the Star are also all about stage, theatre, music, singing, and ‘the land of light and shadow’ which it is said is the Native name for what is now Hollywood, which I can’t swear is true but would make sense. The Star is a healing card, and if all these cards have one thing in common, it’s about seeing, or even hearing things in a way others do not. These cards are all upright, suggesting to me that listening to and trusting your subconscious, instinct, intuition or however you feel it, has served you well. This woman may seem a little ‘spacey’ to onlookers but does have one foot planted solidly on dry land.
In the future position is the legendary Hanged Man, calmly hanging from a scaffold of his own making, in a deep meditative trance. The thing that immediately jumps out to me today is the same deep, nocturnal blue on all 3 cards: the deep night of the Moon, the starry night sky of the Star, and just a patch of it on the Hanged Man. A big bank of clouds rolling in, it’s almost as if he hopped up there to avoid the fog – master of dreams, visions, illusions and collector of funhouse mirrors Neptune rules this card, also a card of escape via drugs or alcohol – Neptune likes a drink.
What I like about this card is also something that could be a warning. I like that he has ‘one foot’ in the patch of blue sky, the same blue sky as on the Sun and the Moon, and if there is a message, this is that. It is that same instinct and following your own path that got you through the confusion and chaos in the past – being in touch with your own inner voice. This human sees things ‘from a different point of view’. Like the Star, this is a card of healing, restoration, wholeness and health.
Looks like a possible ‘dust up’ in the future, from what I can see judging from the wall of incoming clouds. Some kind of ‘weather’ may be blowing in and I like the way he’s handling it, calmly detached, making sure to keep that one foot – instead of on the ground, since that seems to be where that nasty exhaust is coming from – firmly in that clear patch of blue, where he or she can stay in touch with that ‘higher’ or ‘inner’ voice – like the Moon and the crawfish.
The exhaust is probably coming from a careening Model T, and, like the painted wooden mole and frog and mice and all the other terrified characters on the wild ride, he’s jumped up out-of-the-way, staying clear until the dust settles, but when he drops, he drops: 12= 1+2=3, the mighty number of Creation.
Upright, this is a period of going deep, reflection, healing, and the re-balancing of spiritual and earthly priorities, but above all (excellent pun!) staying in touch with one’s inner voice, which is the higher voice.
‘Surrendering’ to higher powers, plain and simple.