There is not a lot of clarity in the moonlight, giving your intuition a chance to flex its muscles. The environment now is dim and obscured, which allows you little time to plan, prepare or prepare past the next few steps. When it is dark, our minds may interpret shadows as frightening forms or menacing faces. A scene in Disney’s timeless 1937 film, Snow White, shows a helpless and horrified Snow running through the forest, which seemed to take on monstrous and terrifying forms. Pareidolia is this natural human tendency for the eyes and mind to recognize figures, specifically faces, in random arrangements of shapes or items. This may be a frightening effect, but the sun will illuminate the scene and reveal a clearer and less intimidating reality.

Dahlia

Cross-culturally, the dahlia has been used to represent intangible concepts such as abstract religious and spiritual philosophies. The Moon card is represented by the dahlia flower in Floriography Tarot. Dahlias grow in shady valleys—the name dahlia itself comes from the Swedish word dal, which means “valley.” Though lush and fertile, valleys are surrounded by mountains that obscure the view and may induce a constant, unending shade, which the Dahlia does not mind one bit. In the language of flowers, the dahlia presented a challenging case. The flower that once represented betrayal and disloyalty had developed a Victorian-era association with eternal loyalty and dignity. These conflicting messages could potentially cause awkward misunderstandings if the sender’s intentions are not accurately decoded. 


#18 The Moon