Do you know what the expression “entre chien et loup” or “between a dog and a wolf” means? 

Llewellyn’s Black and Gold Tarot – fragment

It is a French description for twilight – either dusk or dawn – when the half light turns everything monochromatic and you can’t tell the difference between the wild and the tame. I’ve always loved this as one of the main significances of the Tarot Moon card. 

I learned the term long ago from tarot creator, Brian Williams, and it recently came up as the episode title of a Kdrama, “Mad Dog”, about corporate abuses. And it turns out there’s another Kdrama I haven’t seen with this expression as its title. 

Jean Dodal Tarot

As explained in an art exhibit on this theme, it refers to being unable to distinguish “between friend and foe, between known and unknown…. We cannot always know whether we are safe or threatened. We might feel deceived by our eyes and question if we truly know what we think we know. We can feel caught somewhere between comfort and fear, between what is real and unreal.”
This is definitely one of the major meanings of the Moon card, which can refer to everything from dreams to lunacy but especially the confusion over distinguishing between the two. 

But it is not all bad, according to Melissa Burley, for whom this can be the hypnogogic state between dream and waking: “a special moment that occurs every day of your life when the veil between your conscious and unconscious mind becomes thinner. A magical moment when you are able to access a bottomless fountain of creative potential.” It’s those crossover moments “when great transformation is possible”. Read what else she has to say:…/The-Hour-Between-Dog-And-Wolf

With the GD Hebrew letter correspondence to Qoph – the back of the head, brain’s limbic system and monkey – I’ve had the thought that the Moon card could mark an ability to actually change our DNA. Like the path that emerges from the pool of the unconscious we can evolve to metaphorically ‘higher’ levels of consciousness by affecting the unconscious. “The Qof is the only letter which extends below the line of the other letters, indicating descent into the lower world, but also the ability to ascend from there.”

What are your thoughts on this perspective?