The Tree of Life and The Starry Sky: The High Priestess
II The High Priestess- Moon
The moon has eight distinct phases: New, Crescent, 1stQuarter, Gibbous, Full, Disseminating, 3rd Quarter, and Balsamic. Each phase presides over aspects of the creation and evolutionary process. All energies before the Full Moon phase are considered waxing (strengthening, intensifying) and after the Full waning (weakening, lessening), much like the ebb and flow of the tide. Although men have cycles of waxing and waning, they are more evident in women experiencing their menstrual cycles. Thus, the strong connection of the Moon with women. When we are attuned to natural cycles we find ourselves partaking in this Dance. Our emotions are signposts of the changing of a phase or stage. Change is inevitable and is a natural part of the evolutionary cycle. If there were no change or movement there would be stagnation and Death.
The lesson is that family is not just clannish ties but that All Humanity and All Creation are our family. We know that if traced far enough we all are of the same blood. This gives us the opportunity to expand our understanding of what home and family are. Home is anywhere we find ourselves. This could be at work, in a foreign country on another planet, anywhere. When the World is our home, Humanity is our family and All we choose to create our Children.
The sun represents pure awareness, our best, most balanced self. The Sun is the center of our solar system and symbolizes our personal center. That place of stillness within. Here we see all things clearly without the baggage of our experience. Neptune-
King of the Ocean rules over the collective Unconscious. He teaches us that we are all One. Each droplet of water is an individual until it meets another then they dissolve into one another and become one.
With emotions under control, Wisdom to our right and Knowing to our left, we are now ready to embrace necessary change.