Saturday, 21 December 2013

Yule Blog Hop: The Light of the Moon

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Wow, look at that!  It's been a year since the Celtic Lenormand first posted as part of the Tarot Blog Hop.  Last Yule, the cards for this deck weren't finished, and I shared a spread that will be in the companion book.  This year, I would like to share the finished card that represents this spoke on the Wheel of the Year in the pagan-themed Celtic Lenormand deck. 

Our wrangler, the Sun Goddess herself, Joanne, presented us with our theme: turning darkness into light.  And that's an interesting one to consider in the light of the Moon, so to speak.  The Moon travels around the earth and around the sun, and brings light to our nights by reflecting the sun's rays.  And yet, it is still nighttime, despite the light.  In the same way, Yule is still midwinter, the longest night, even if it does reflect the point after which days once again start to get that little bit longer.  So, it was the Moon card that I chose to represent Yule in the Celtic Lenormand.

The black-and-white sketch is incredibly atmospheric, yet I still prefer the colour version.  Interestingly, Will suggested that the dark of a moonlit night be painted in green, as he has in other decks.  It's also a choice made by several artists from the Victorian era, heroes of his, such as John Atkinson Grimshaw.

I adore the play of the light on the water in this image, and the way the rocks stand out, jagged and sharp.  The clouds, too, are very atmospheric, and the moon itself is shadowed and textured. 

One meaning of the Moon in the Lenormand system is about reputation and fame, the way we are reflected in other people's eyes and minds.  This can be seen as coming from the fact that the Moon reflects the sun's light, and is also why I put the reflection in the water in the Celtic Lenormand image.  Another meaning is that of emotion, not necessarily just happy, loving emotions (more the realm of the Heart).  Hence the deep waters and jagged rocks.

Here's hoping you enjoy the Moon's light on this longest night: that it helps illuminate how others see you, and how you feel.

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18 comments:

  1. Both version are gorgeous. It is a beautiful card for Yule. Just like the Moon of Water from the Wildwood tarot
    Is there anything known yet about the publishing date?

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    1. Funny, I think the Moon on Water card in the Wildwood has a very different feel, yet associated with the same time of year :)
      I emailed US Games nearly a fortnight ago, but haven't heard anything yet - holiday season, I guess...

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  2. OOO! Beautiful card!!!! I get tingles! Yes, any idea on the publishing date?

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    1. Hi Machelle - tingles are good :D Sorry, no news on that front yet. You can bet I'll post as soon as I hear anything! :)

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  3. Ooooo very pretty! Looking forward to your deck being published!

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  4. Honestly Chloe, whether its green or black and white...I think this card is truly as beautiful as it is meaningful. OH I didn't realise it meant reputation too:)

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    1. I think fame and reputation are closely linked. I see it being about how we are reflected in the eyes of others... :)

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  5. Wonderful... looking forward to holding these cards in my hand!

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  6. Turn darkness into light by reflecting what light there is. That is what you, the writers of this blog hop are doing! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you're enjoying the hop :)

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  7. The green thing is really interesting for the moonlit night. I like the idea of the moon making the light in the midst of the night. Works well for the theme. Great artwork by Worthington, of course. And yes, still very much looking forward to this deck. :)

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    1. Yes, a truly black night might give it quite a different feel. I decided to trust Will on that one, and am glad I did :)

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  8. I love the green and that it makes me think of a mossy sky... it sends my thoughts drifting very nicely... :)

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    1. Oh, I like that thought: a mossy sky. Nights sometimes have that feel to me, slightly springy, and absorbent :)

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    2. :D I'm glad you like that... I wrote it and then thought....Mmmm.... I wonder of that makes me sound a bit strange... I wonder if anyone else will understand it... :D lol

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  9. I am so looking forward to this deck! :D Excellent representation and happy yearversary!

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