Moon Tarot Card Meaning, A Complete Guide!


The Moon Tarot Card, A Complete Guide!
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Taking its place at number eighteen in the Major Arcana succession, The Moon certainly shifts the mood from the peace and hope of The Star.

The Rider-Waite deck brings us the imagery of a full moon in a clear night sky, a crescent moon encased within it representing the progression of time and inevitable change, looking down onto the Earth.

The moon sits between two towers and though it does not shine as brightly as the sun, it is enough to illuminate a path below, one that leads into the rocky unknown of the mountains in the distance— The path to higher consciousness.

A pool in the foreground represents the unpredictability of the subconscious and from it crawls a crayfish, symbolizing an emergence into the conscious world. Two beasts, a dog and a wolf, howl up at the moon, playing the role of our tame and wild spirits.

In this comprehensive guide to The Moon Tarot card, we will dive into the mysterious world of the night and find out what it has to teach us.

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The Moon (Thoth Tarot Deck)

What does The Moon Tarot Card Mean?

No matter how far down we push past traumatic experiences, they are never really gone.

The Moon appears when our past years and uncertainties become projected onto our future. Nothing is at it seems and it is time to slow down and clear your vision. Being grounded is the most important thing you can strive for.

When the moon comes up and we close our eyes to sleep, the subconscious mind takes over, whisking us deep into our dreams. Sometimes, these dreams and illusions can follow us into our waking life, and The Moon card directs our attention to this distortion of the real world.

This is a time of uncertainty and suspicion is high. Sometimes we can’t seem to stop asking the question “what if?”

This is not a time to make fast decisions. Do you have all of the information? There is always more to be uncovered, not just using our logical brains, but tapping into our intuition. The Moon calls us to trust our gut and look beneath the surface of our fears and anxieties.

The Earth’s moon controls the tides. Bear in mind that more than eighty percent of the ocean has yet to be explored. Our minds, in all of their vastness, fluidity, and unpredictability are often represented by water, as seen in the imagery surrounding The Star card. The Moon, though, emphasizes control of the oceans we contain within us. We must trace back our misgivings and uncover their roots to unblock them.

Though the moon is associated with many negative sounding words such as anxiety and suspicion, it is not a bad omen by any means. The Moon arrives to encourage us. It tells us that we have the power to assert dominance over our fears and claim our clarity. This is a card of transition, for every morning, the moon must give way to the sun.

The Moon card Keywords:

  • Illusion
  • Anxiety
  • Intuition
  • Fear
  • Deception
  • Hidden things
  • Insecurity
  • Confusion
  • Misunderstanding
  • Risk
  • Suspicion
  • Vagueness
  • Dreams
  • Subconscious
  • Misconception
  • Uncertainty
  • Change

What Does The Moon Tarot Card Mean When Reversed?

Often, reversed cards are generalized into something negative. This frame of mind does a great disservice to The Reversed Moon, though, as it serves as a symbol of the continuation of the work we are called to do by The Upright Moon.

When The Moon appears reversed, it confirms the presence of anxieties and fears but notes the work being done to address them. It promises that these feelings will subside soon but warns us of the many delusions that can take over during this process.

Sometimes the temptation arises to simply wash our hands of a matter and consider it dealt with when in reality, there is much more work to be done. It’s not hard to surround ourselves with the motion that we “did all we could.”

The Moon asks us to go deeper, though. What goes up must come down. While an Upright Moon urges us to take time and immerse ourselves in our fears, The Reversed Moon encourages us to keep pushing to completion.

While The Upright Moon deals with the search for information, The Reversed Moon notes that we have all of the answers within us already. The next step is to harness them. This means tuning into our inner voice as well as the messages given to us in our dreams.

The Reversed Moon appears when we are receiving a great amount of psychic communication, messages from The Universe, but may not know how to make sense of all that is being presented to us.

There is a feeling as if a wall has been put up between us and our clarity, be it through insomnia or delusion. This blockage must be disassembled brick by brick. It is hard and time-consuming work, but it must be done.

The truth is within reach, we just need to open our eyes to see it.

The Moon card Reversed Keywords:

  • Releasing Fear
  • Unveiling Secrets
  • Truth
  • Composure
  • Self-Deception
  • Blocked Intuition
  • Repression
  • Insomnia
  • Inner Turmoil
  • Unhappiness
  • Revelation
  • Unusual Dreams
  • Vision
  • Confirmation
  • Denial
  • New Information
  • Surprise

What does The Moon mean in Others’ Perception of You?

The Moon denotes that you are seen as shrouded in mystery. Others may find you confusing or difficult to understand. You may leave others feeling confused as to where they stand from you. This leads some to see you as an alluring challenge.

It’s never as easy to see by moonlight. We may be able to make our general shapes, but it’s hard to get a sense of the fine details in one another.

The Reader-Waite Moon shows a path winding off into the rocky mountains until it disappears into the unknown. When trying to understand how others perceive you, it is important to keep this road in mind. You can be a tough act to follow.

You may be a rather private person or find yourself in a time of your life in which it is hard to open yourself up to others. This leads you to be intriguing, but a challenge to get close to. Some will understand that hard work is necessary for getting to know you and will come ready to put in the sweat.

These people who are willing to dig deeper are valuable in your life. However, others may find the task too daunting and will turn away— Their loss!

In readings surrounding perception, The Moon may speak to a sense of frustration among those who surround you. They may be confused as to the position they fill in your life. They are often left wondering “what do I mean to them?” It is important to be clear with our emotions and let those who are important to us know.

When reversed, this card deals with the denial of certain aspects of you.

We are blinded by the beauty of moonlight, so much so that we may not see the danger approaching in the darkness.

It is time to analyze yourself and hold yourself accountable. Others may be ignoring the parts of you that need improvement, sweeping them under the rug. Those surrounding you are only able to see the positives, which, as nice as that sounds, is detrimental in the long run.

It is important to surround ourselves with those who push us to be better. Currently, though, others have an imbalance perception of you. You’re not perfect and it’s okay for them to know that.

The Moon (Marseille Tarot Deck)

What does The Moon mean in Love?

When The Moon makes an appearance in our readings, something’s up. It’s up to you to get to the bottom of it. In love readings, this is no exception.

There is dishonesty brewing in your relationship. Your intuition is correct, but material evidence is needed. This leads to high tensions and past hurt bubbling over.

The Moon turns us into sleuths in love. Your gut may be telling you something is wrong, but you’re not quite sure how to approach the feeling. Now is the time to be wary of dishonesty. A prospective partner’s interest or disinterest in you may not be completely genuine. A long term lover may be keeping a secret.

The Moon is ruled by the element of water. In the Minor Arcana, the suit tied to water is cups and deals mainly with emotions, and the water signs of Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio are often associated with emotionality.  In an evaluation of love, this connection to water represents a time of high emotions.

Small disputes may be escalating into full-on arguments in a matter of seconds. There is an underlying meaning to everything, and you must look past the surface to understand your partner’s intentions. Maybe you’re struggling to decide on a restaurant, but what are you really talking about?

Past issues have been pushed down for too long and are coming up to the surface, demanding to be dealt with. Perhaps you are struggling to reconcile with past heartbreak resulting in an inability to commit to someone new or are struggling to trust your existing partner.

The Moon is not a death sentence in a relationship by any means though, so fear not! It is merely a time to analyze fears and disagreements to get to their core in order to work best together.

When reversed, The Moon draws our attention to restricted thought.

No relationship is perfect, but issues can be acknowledged and addressed in order to keep a relationship healthy. Is there anything you’ve been avoiding confronting in your relationship? What is that thing you just don’t want to think about?

Relationships are all about balance. The Moon tells us that we cannot embrace the good if we choose to deny the bad.

What does The Moon mean in Friendship?

There is a lack of clarity or a sense of unease when the moon is present in a friendship reading. There are secrets hiding just below the surface that threaten to rear their heads at any moment.

There is a very strong element of secrecy to the moon. Do your friends know something you don’t know? Is there a possibility that they’re meeting up without you? On the other hand, there may be a secret that you’re carrying with you. Is there a friend that you’re trying to exclude?

Before jumping into accusations, it is best to know what you’re talking about. The Moon promises that these secrets will be exposed when the daylight comes, and so it’s important to work towards honesty and consider what might be causing this behavior. You may find that it is a time for self-improvement or a new group of friends.

Your trust is being tested and you may be seeing people in a new light.

When reversed in regards to friends, The Moon symbolizes a similar tension bubbling under the surface. However, this tension is being glossed over and ignored. You are all carrying on as if nothing is wrong when there is discord simmering nearby.

There is no shame in imperfect relationships. In fact, relationships that acknowledge and address their imperfections are often healthier than those in which they are ignored. Make it clear in your friend group when you sense tension and that you want to resolve it for everyone’s benefit.

What does The Moon mean in Career?

In business, The Moon champions privacy. Keep your business plans close to you and beware those who act as if they have your best interests at hand, but secretly want to orchestrate your failure.

The realm of career is filled with competition. No matter how hard we attempt to escape it, it is in our nature. We all want to succeed and be the best.

The Moon brings us a familiar message: Something’s up. This is not a symbol to be taken lightly. Any feelings of unease that you may have are justified. It warns that there are people close to you who do not have your best interests at hand.

In the world of business, this card says that we don’t have all the facts. There could be something going on within your company that you are unaware of that might not align with your values. There are factors at play that you have not accounted for.

This is a time of uncertainty in your career path. Keep your cards close to your chest.

In the reversed position, The Moon calls you to open your eyes. You have been blinded by a false sense of comfort and reality is far from what you think it is.

You have been deluded out of your intuition and now more than ever it is time to realign with your values and dreams. Nothing is as it seems, and you must be vigilant. It is time to review the signs and regain your clarity.

What does The Moon mean in Conflict?

The Moon does it’s best to discourage you from jumping into conflict. There is still information that is unknown that will prove to be integral in deciding if a fight is worth it or not.

It is time to walk a mile in your opponent’s shoes. Everyone is going through their own struggles and battles each day that we may not know about. Chances are you have more in common with your adversary than you think. You have both felt pain, heartbreak, and loss, but also joy.

Though it may be tempting to act rashly and teach your opponent a lesson, The Moon asks you to slow down and review what you know and don’t.

There are two sides to every story and there is always more to be uncovered. Your opponent is human and wants to be treated with civility the same way you do.

If you feel a fight is absolutely necessary, it is important to fight fairly and with dignity. There is no need to feed off your opposer’s fears and anxieties. It is time to take the most diplomatic route possible.

There is a way to disagree without disrespecting.

When you are approaching a battle and this card makes an appearance, it asks you to look within and analyze your role in this fight. Like the volatile ocean that the moon oversees, there is a possibility that you are the one inflicting and inciting violence.

When faced with conflict, we can often be stubborn and feel the need to stick to our guns even when we are presented with new information that may shift our perspective. Do not let your rage block your intuition from guiding you towards what is right.

If you find yourself to have overreacted or perhaps are playing the role of the villain, now is not the time to put up a wall of denial. It will speak to your maturity if you can overcome the enemy that lies within you.

The Moon as a Desire.

The Moon does not make the fight to read others’ minds any easier.

The Moon signifies that the person in question may not know what it is they want. They are existing in a time of confusion and their vision is clouded by fantasy. They are seeking change but aren’t sure what form that change will take.

This card appears when the person in question has entered a stage of transformation. Their world is confusing, and their path is unclear. They know they are seeking stability and change, but don’t know how to achieve that. You may witness them trying an onslaught of new things.

The things that this person wants may be diluted in fantasy. Their dreams may influence them to want things that don’t exist, therefore making their reality unsatisfactory.

It is your job to trust your gut in giving them guidance. There is no right answer when there is no clear desire.

When reversed, this person is seeking to bury their head in the sand and turn a blind eye to the things that plague them. They want to live their life as if their struggles do not exist.

It is your choice to feed into this or not. You can provide a distraction to buy them some momentary happiness, or you can help them to face reality and steer them towards some long-term solutions.

Is The Moon a Yes or a No?

The Moon’s close relationship to secrecy, risk, and confusion leads it to be a no in a yes or no reading. Not enough is known at present. Situations must be approached with a sense of reservation, and impulsive behavior will have tumultuous results.

The Moon is a confusing card to unpack, which only furthers it’s point that currently, you are in a state of unrest.

It calls us to approach decision making with caution and consistently preaches that there is always more information to be uncovered.

Our intuition shifts and sways as we learn and grow more and more each day, and so it is important that we continue to nourish our intuition with wisdom so that it can act as our compass.

While risk-taking can be beneficial in certain situations and gives the fire within us more fuel to burn, The Moon asks us to evaluate what risks are worth it. There could be more on the line than we are aware of. There may be deception at play, even in the areas of our life that we feel most comfortable in.

This card could also point to your not being in the right state to take risks currently. You are consumed by anxieties and paranoia and it is time to soften so The Moon may take its time to heal your residual wounds.

This is a time to find comfort in the unknown while understanding its power. Nothing is as it seems, and The Universe welcomes you to dig deeper in order to understand.

Here’s an article that talks more about yes or no questions: “How to us Tarot for Yes or No Answers

The Moon as Advice and Action

The Moon calls us to tread lightly and be cautious. Making assumptions will not serve you during this time. Whatever you do, do not rush into action. Calculate every possible outcome, no matter how unexpected it may be.

Continually, The Moon asks us to slow down and think.

Much like the crayfish crawling out of the pool in the Reader-Waite symbology, things from our subconscious may be creeping up on us without our knowledge, leaving us more vulnerable than intended.

Though the knee-jerk reaction is to push these things that make us uncomfortable down, we must travel down to their roots. The Moon is telling you that this emotional and spiritual work cannot wait any longer. In fact, it is long overdue.

Shadow and light are two sides of the same coin. While moonlight is associated with beauty and romance, the night also brings with it the cover of darkness where dangerous things may be lurking. The Moon calls our awareness to this duality. When we step forward, we must consider that we could be met with either reality.

Our world is filled with mystery and secrecy and arrogance and assumption will lead us into sticky situations without a clear way out. The Moon is a card that asks you to be humble and understand the vastness of the physical and spiritual world. The Universe is great and terrible, and while it is gracious, it contains powers beyond us that should be feared.

In the reversed position, The Moon pushes you to block out all of the noise surrounding you.

When things get confusing, we frequently turn to our peers, our family, or other sources we trust. This is not a time in your life where this practice will aid in your growth, though. When this card appears reversed, the only person who can help you is yourself.

Though it can be frightening, The Reversed Moon calls you to put your trust in yourself and your intuition. Remember that The Universe’s energy flows within you. Have faith in that energy and feel your way through this situation. All of the tools are inside of you. Now put them to use.

The Moon as Emotions.

The fast pace of our lives can often leave us with little time to do a deep dive into our brains, or perhaps you don’t know where to start and need a push in the right direction. The Moon does not offer an easy answer when it comes to feelings but gives us the tools to unlock a new level of understanding with ourselves.

The Moon focuses in on the things we feel that we may not necessarily know that we feel. The subconscious may want things that we can’t explain, leading to times of deep confusion. The Moon validates these dreamlike desires, though, and assures us that what we feel is real.

Sometimes we’re overcome by a spontaneous wave of sadness or a fit of irritability that we can’t seem to trace. This leads us to anxiously ask ourselves “why do I feel this way? What’s wrong with me?”

When our subconscious thoughts find their way into our conscious realm of thinking, we’re often left feeling confused and unsettled. Not understanding your own thoughts can be frustrating or scary!

The Moon reminds us of the role our subconscious mind plays. None of what we feel is unfounded, rather it serves as a message from our subconscious on which areas of our lives we need to focus on. It’s not hard for certain aspects of ourselves to fall by the wayside.

Times like these may lead you to feel a bit off. The Moon is a symbol that it’s time to tune in to your inner voice and listen to what it needs. If we operate purely on a surface level, areas that need attention deep within us will begin to fester. The Moon is a call for an emotional maintenance check.

When reversed, The Moon cites the existence of an inner dishonesty. Do you find yourself denying your feelings? What you’re letting off may not be in line with what you truly feel. You may find yourself developing a tendency to bottle up our emotions in order to give off the illusion that you’re fine.

This denial can only last so long, though, before things come spilling over.

The Moon as a Situation.

The Moon in the past position, calls into question the legitimacy of our memory. We are asked to thoroughly review our current situation, for not all information has been gathered. You are in a volatile position in which uncertainty will breed discord.

It is imperative that we are aware of our past as we move into our present and future. When our understanding of history is distorted, we are robbed of our chance to create the best future possible. When The Moon appears in the place of a situation, it notes that you may be headed down this path.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “hindsight is 20/20” before. As we sit in our current situation, we must use the clarity that comes with looking back to reflect on our past. The Moon signals that there is something we’ve left misunderstood that is now having an ill effect on our current situation.

While The Star looks forward, The Moon looks back, eager to see if there’s any stone we’ve left unturned. Rather than trying to control our future, we must reconsider how we got here.

When reversed, The Moon once again draws our attention to our current needs.

Your current situation is a product of choosing conformity over your intuition. Sure you may look fine on the outside, but within, there is something lacking, and things will not feel quite right until this is properly seen to.

Think back to the Reader-Waite imagery; the wild landscapes and various creatures. Your current situation is a call back to nature and magic. Your reality has become too saturated with a desire to fit in as opposed to being your best and healthiest spiritual self.

The Moon as an Obstacle.

When The Moon crosses us, it serves as a reality check. Sometimes our fantasies can cloud our vision and leave us unable to progress as we reach for things that might be unattainable, draining our energy and time.

The Reader-Waite deck shows us a dog and a wolf howling up at the moon. While one is tamed and the other is wild, they look in the same direction— the light of the moon, a reflection of the fulfillment the sun brings.

As we approach our wants and needs, we must seek to balance these two beasts within us. Getting tied to our tamed mind leads us to stagnate and perhaps not give our dreams the respect and attention they deserve. Becoming enamored with our wild mind can lead us down a path of continual failure as we struggle to bring fantasies into the real world.

Our obstacle becomes finding a way to entertain our wild and fantastical dreams in a grounded way. It is not our dreams that must be tamed, but rather our methods by which we hope to achieve these dreams.

There is an element of magic associated with The Moon that cannot be ignored when we recognize its power. When we learn to find a spiritual equilibrium as we approach new situations and dreams, that magic is made available to us in The Moon’s mysterious ways.

When The Reversed Moon crosses us, it is our blindness that holds us back. Our restrictions do not exist outside of us, but rather within us. Much like how our solutions and answers can lie with our inner voice, our downfall can as well.

The Moon in the Future.

When it falls in the future position, The Moon denotes an unclear path. It calls us to make peace with the unknown and trust our intuition as we move forward at the risk of staying still. We cannot know what rewards wait beyond the horizon if we allow our anxieties to keep us in place.

There come times in life when even the most self-assured people feel lost. One of the most beautiful things about life, however, is its unpredictability. Think of the beauty of the ocean.

It has the power to be ferocious and volatile, and yet we still decide to swim in its waves when the weather gets hot. Uncertainty doesn’t always lead to pain, especially if we carry the right amount of caution in our steps.

Unlike The Fool, The Moon is not directionless in the future position. The destination has been chosen by you, and now you must plot uncharted land in order to get there, guided only by your own good (or bad) sense.

This does not ensure an easy journey by any means. There will be struggles as well as times of fear and confusion, but when this card appears in your future, know that you are watched over by The Moon. These struggles, as long as they are faced in the name of reaching your full potential, will be worth it.

When reversed and in the future position, The Moon asks you to return to nature and trust your instincts. This is a time in which you must protect yourself. Remember that only you can be your own guide.

There are mysterious forces at work, good or bad. It is important to be wary and allow your intuition to have the final say in every situation you face.

The Moon as a Place.

The moon is the mysterious and powerful orchestrator of the tides. The Moon is deeply connected to the ocean.

When you think of the ocean, you may think of warm, tropical beaches where crystal blue waves roll over one another and lap at the shore. On the other hand, you may think of ice-cold, monstrous waves threatening to capsize a fishing boat. There are countless forms that the ocean can take, much like The Moon in The Tarot.

The Moon always calls us to be cautious, and yet emphasizes trust. When we approach the ocean, we must use our best judgment to decide if it is safe to swim or not.

The choice is in our hands and by extension, so too is the outcome. Should we sacrifice all swimming in the ocean just because there might be a storm? No. Should we set out on a voyage at the sign of storm clouds? No.

The ocean is unpredictable and speaks to the mystery of The Moon card.

When we swim out into the ocean, the bottom becomes impossible to see. We are reminded of just how small we are in this vast universe. This may cause any amount of fear or anxiety, but we must also remember that the ocean is the colorful and diverse home to millions of species of sea life, many of which humans have yet to encounter.

The Moon is the card of the uncharted, just as our oceans remain a source of great allure and intrigue. We cannot turn a blind eye to the things we do not understand. If we ceased to acknowledge the ocean, science would find itself in a rather difficult position. When we bottle ourselves up, we are unable to progress.

The Moon controls the tides as well as the push and pulls of life. It is a reminder that things are ever-changing, and we are meant to be a part of it.

What Zodiac Sign is The Moon?

It’s no surprise that The Moon is connected to the water sign Pisces the fish.

Pisces are known for their strong sense of intuition and deep connection to their emotions. Just like the tides, their moods are ever-changing, and they are defined by their dreamy creativity.

Water signs are notorious for their strong emotions and idealism. The Moon calls us to look to our dreams while guided by our intuition, something that Pisces excels in.

Pisces have been known to allow their pasts to haunt them or view the world with a hint of naivete, both things that The Moon attempts to tackle in its symbolism.

Pisces is a thorough sign who seeks to dive headfirst into all they can. The Moon reminds us that there is always more wisdom to be gained and Pisces is determined to find it.

Their creativity and strong sense of self leave them ready to forge their own path, just as The Moon prescribes.

In conjunction, Pisces and The Moon work together to inspire us to trust in ourselves and travel into the magic and uncertainty of the unknown. Both day and night must be embraced.

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