The Moon Dreamer Challenge Begins
After the intensity of the 10-day Aquarian tarot challenge I hosted on Instagram, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to host another one already, but I was feeling a need to dive deep this Pisces season with the return of a Full Moon, so I whipped up the Moon Dreamer Challenge. To me, Pisces is all about dreaming and emotions, and in the tarot, Pisces is represented by the oceanic Moon card. I love the Moon, and it’s a reflection of the Hermit in many ways, so I have a lot of thoughts about it. I also am a vivid dreamer, so I wanted to encourage that after having almost a month of no memorable dreams. (They started coming back a few days before the start of Pisces. I don’t know where they went.)
Having learned from the last challenge, I knew to plan a little further ahead with this one, which is very un-Pisces, but it would’ve been very un-Pisces to complete the challenge with the amount of stress it would cause to complete it in such an unstructured way, so I channeled my earthy side to plow on ahead, planning a little bit at a time. I wanted to make sure people new what the end point was, so I posted a teaser for Day 10 as early as Day 1, and I’ve been posting the prompt for the following day each night, along with the prompt for the day after that. For example, on Day 4, I posted my Day 4 reading and followed it up with the prompt for Day and image for Day 5 along with the prompt (with no additional image) for Day 6.
It’s been a surprising challenge thus far in what it’s bringing to the surface. A friend commented on how I tend to see water in my readings very differently from her, and during one of the challenges I realized that I have a bizarre love-hate relationship with deep waters. I enjoy things like SCUBA diving, but I get very scared of dark and murky water because of what might be underneath it. Of course I had to incorporate that into the theme of my Pisces / Moon / Subconscious tarot challenge, but it also appears in a literal way in my readings. I’m glad that there are more people participating, even if it’s still a small number. For a divination challenge on Instagram, it’s very intensive. Most of the prompts are not just 1-card draws, so they can take 10–15 minutes even before photographing the cards and writing up the post. But I know that the people who participated in the Aquarius challenge really benefited from the depth of the experience, so I wanted to make sure that I could deliver on that again for Pisces. People are really taking to the challenge, and they’re uncovering some pretty remarkable things, and that makes me really happy.
I could go into the details of each of the ten days here, but it’s spelled out already in my Instagram posts, which are easily accessible through my Highlighted Story “Moon Dreamer,” featured on my profile @hermitsmirror (and for those who don’t know, you can view Instagram profiles and feeds through a web browser). When it’s all said and done, I’ll be sure to post a more detailed reflection.
The first two cards depicted in the photo above are from (in order) the Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law © 2010 and the Linestrider Tarot by Siolo Thompson © 2017, Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. The third is from the Zillich Tarot by Christine Zillich © 2017, U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Now that the challenge is done, here are links to all of the Instagram prompt posts: