Today’s offering comes from the Wildwood Tarot, created by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, beautifully illustrated by Will Worthington.
18 The Moon on the Water (trimmed):
© Wildwood Tarot
The Moon on the Water seems like the perfect card to work with on the day of the Taurus Full Moon. Full moon overhead, casting light over a marshy landscape – that’s appropriate too, as we’re in the watery sign of Scorpio. And against the backdrop of that moon we see the silhouette of an aurochs, the ancestor of our bull – the symbol of Taurus.
Taurus is associated with fertility, among other things. In the old Druidic traditions, a bull or ox might be sacrificed at midwinter, as a symbol of new life emerging from the ‘dead’ of winter. In the accompanying book to the Wildwood Tarot, the creators write of the auroch’s horns representing not only the waxing and waning of the moon, but also fertility: they see the womb and fallopian tubes in the bull’s horns.
New growth emerging from death is also a theme of Scorpio, of course, with the transformation from what’s decaying or no longer of use into something from which new life can emerge. Just think of your compost heap! The Moon represents this too – the cycles of life: birth and death, new and old, waxing and waning.
Wildwood Tarot created by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections