the card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit. The dog and wolf are the fears of the natural mind in the presence of that place of exit, when there is only reflected light to guide it. This reference is a key to another form of symbolism. The intellectual light is a mere reflection and beyond it is the unknown mystery which it cannot reveal. It illuminates our animal nature, types of which are represented below—the dog, the wolf, and that which comes up out of the deeps, the nameless and hideous tendency which is lower even than the savage beast. It strives to attain manifestation, symbolized by crawling from the abyss of water to the land, but as a rule it sinks back whence it came. The face of the mind directs a calm gaze upon the unrest below, and the dew of thought falls. The message is: "Peace, be still," and it may be that there shall come a calm upon the animal nature, while the abyss beneath shall cease from giving up form.

  • Very clearly, the figure in the moon is frowning, reflecting displeasure.
  • The waxing moon has 16 chief rays and 16 secondary rays.
  • The beasts are a dog and a wolf, which represent "the fears of the natural mind".
  • The crayfish crawls from the water onto the land, a symbol of conscious awakening in its infancy. 
  • There is a pathway into the mountainous distance, representing man's onward and upward progress
Some frequent keywords include:

  • Lack of clarity — Tension — Doubt — Fantasy
  • Deception — Psychological conflict — Obscured vision
  • Confusion — Illusion — Fear — Imagination — Worry
  • Romanticism — Anxiety — Apprehension — Unrealistic ideas

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