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The moon
Card by DLO

The moon, round and bright,
reflects in the pond

as golden koi
silently pass.

The lotus, in full bloom,
now begins to open.

1997 Daralee

Note about the poem and illustration: This poem was written on March 1, 1977, after I had a dream about a koi pond in the moonlight. The illustration presented here is of a colored-pencil and India ink sketch from my journal, a copy of a picture I made for Richard Lee's birthday card in 1997. The original image was rendered in Aquarelle colored pencils, India ink, and gold Decorator pen on textured white paper. I sent Richard this poem inside the card.

The symbolism in this picture is based on my dream and also anthropologist Angeles Arrien's The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols, a book Richard introduced to me. Richard's "Personality Symbol" was 18 which correlates to The Moon Tarot card, and his "Soul/Spiritual Symbol" was 9 which correlates to The Hermit Tarot card. According to Arrien, The Moon is astrologically associated with the sign of Pisces, hence the representation of the two fishes in this illustration. (The Hermit is astrologically associated with the sign of Virgo.)

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