A Walk Through the Thoth Tarot
Let the Illusion of the World pass over thee,
unheeded, as thou goest from the Midnight to the Morning. (BOT)
One of my favorite cards, looks kind of spooky and unreal and perfect for symbolizing the night and dreams and also the nightmares that can take us while we sleep. While the Priestess has the happier aspects of the Moon, the Moon itself is a bit darker?
Look at the colors on the card - the moonlight gives everything a twilight zone vibe. That light illuminates EVERYTHING - including the things we might be trying to hide from ourselves. But look closer - it is lighting up a path for us to walk, it may not be an easy path but it is there for us!
Crowley says of this path: It is guarded by Tabu. She is uncleanliness and sorcery. Upon the hills, are the black towers of nameless mystery, of horror and of fear. It needs unconquerable courage to begin to tread this path.
The scarab/water spider is carrying the sun on its back - out of the water and that tells us this isn't never ending darkness and it will end. In The Book of Thoth, Crowley says, "Whatever horrors may afflict the soul, whatever abominations may excite the loathing of the heart, whatever terrors may assail the mind, the answer is the same at every stage: How splendid is the Adventure!"
The darkest hour before the dawn, the brink of important change - yes! This is a time to let the Moon illuminate everything for us to see - to study it, to embrace it and not fear it. We have all sorts of things inside that make us who we are - don't shun the less pretty sides but be honest about them. If it is something to change, then stand firm and do so knowing you will become stronger for it. This is a powerful energy and magic!
My Tarot Card Practice. I have been studying Tarot for over 20 years now and am still learning new things daily.