Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius--May 10, 2007
I'm seeing many aspects of myself mirrored in this image, just as Narcissus sees himself also mirrored. The first impression I got is of self-analysis. From time to time, I jump to quick, judgmental conclusions. But then I always wonder why, and look deep down for an answer. So it seems the youth in the card, if his gaze can penetrate beyond the surface, could also try to perceive the good, the bad and the ugly settled at the bottom. The question is, what will he do with the ugly? Will he leave it to pollute the water further? Or will he pull it out and throw it away? I can't imagine him reaching for anything other than the most attractive cup. If he chooses that one, he will keep it filled with water so he can carry his illusions with him wherever he goes.
Another aspect of the card is self-love. Lots of people get their sense of self-love and self-worth from outside sources, i.e. from other people. When someone finds us attractive or appreciates us, that's a big boost to our self-image. But the most important approval must come (first from God, then) from ourselves. Self-love is an important psychological mechanism which helps us balance our needs against the needs of others, directing many of our choices and our actions. This is especially important for mothers, who sometimes forget that they can't keep taking care of their families if they don't make time for themselves.
On the other end of the spectrum is narcissism. Self-centeredness causes people to make choices that serve only themselves. Ultimately, they will end up as lonely as Narcissus, slowly pining away in an unsatisfying life.
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