The moon tarot card meaning

The Moon Tarot Card Meanings

The Moon Tarot Card Meaning Keywords

UPRIGHT: Anxiety, fear, illusion, subconscious

REVERSED: Clarity, releasing fear  

  • Name of the Card: The Moon
  • Number: 18
  • Other Names: La Lune
  • Element: Water
  • Kabbalistic Letter: Qoph
  • Meaning of the Kabbalistic Letter: Back of Head
  • Sign: Pieces
  • Yes/No key interpretations: No
  • Animals: Fish, dolphin, dog, jackal
  • Stone: Pearl

The moon is card number 18 in major arcana. 18 is the number of inspiration and accomplishment. 1+8 makes 9, number 9 represents the energies of the Universal Spiritual Laws.

The Imagery and Symbolism of the Moon Tarot Card

Two canines are howling at the moon, one is a dog that shows the tame side of the mind and the wolf shows the wild side. The moon’s reflected light has enlightened the scene but this light is not enough for clear visibility.

This shows three phases of the moon, crescent, waxing half and full. The crescent moon shows our instincts, the waxing half is symbolic of fertility and the full moon refers to the completion of the cycle. The reflected light symbolizes that you are not having your own independent thoughts but these are maybe in someone’s influence. The path represents the path of one’s life and it is a bit winding and not clearly visible. There is a pond of water, water shows our emotions and intuition and a crayfish is crawling off the water. The crayfish symbolizes our dreams and subconscious mind, it also symbolizes regenerations as when a Crayfish loses legs or claws, and they can regrow. The dark sky shows the worries and fears. The moon is shining above two pillars. These are the same pillars that we see in other cards that represent duality and opposition. One pillar is the pillar of severity and the other is the pillar of mercy. There are 32 spikes of light around the moon which represent 32 paths of wisdom in the Kabbalistic tree of life.

Astrology and the Moon Tarot Card

In astrology, the moon tarot card corresponds to the Sign of Pieces. Pieces is a spiritual sign. Pieces people are emotional, empathetic, selfless and compassionate. They are generous, amiable and positive with healing qualities. Pieces is a water sign and it is deeply connected to emotions and intuitions. Just like this moon card the pieces people are dreamy, emotionally sensitive with a vivid imagination.

The Moon Tarot Card and Kabbalah

The path of the Moon on Kabbalah Tree of life is called Qoph. Qoph means the back of the head. This path connects Netzach (Victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom). In Hebrew Resh is head and it is ruled by the sun so the back of the head or Qoph is the moon as it reflects the light of the sun.

The Moon as a Person

The Moon tarot card as a person would be someone who is intuitive and reflective but at the same time uncertain and unsure about their path in life. They go through anxieties and fears and cannot decide what they want to do with life. They listen to their subconscious mind and dreams but they do not have clarity about their goals and how to achieve those. This card indicates people with mental troubles.

The Moon Card in General Reading

The moon is related to the anxieties and fears that creep out in the middle of the night. Things look more complicated than their true self at night. Moon is the card of exaggerated fears, doubts, and worries. If this card appears in a general reading you need to analyze the situation carefully. This card shows that you are projecting fears into the situation. You are not sure if your fears are for real and are they just an illusion. You should give the situation some time until it is clear to you.

The Moon Tarot Card in a Daily reading

If you get this card in a daily reading, this is a day to trust your instincts but not to focus on the long term goals as the path is not clear to you. You might go through some strong impulses and emotions today. If you see any dream tonight, focus on it as it is might be some message that the universe is sending you.

The Moon Tarot Card in a Love Reading

This is not a positive card to get in a Love reading. The moon tarot card in a love reading might mean that you are having insecurities, fears, and troubles in your love life. You shouldn’t act in a hurry because all you see can be an illusion too. Trust your instincts and listen to the subconscious minds but do not try to establish long term relationship goals as you do not know yet that how to achieve those.

The Moon Tarot Card in a Career Reading

This card is a negative card in a career reading. This card depicts that you are having anxiety, troubles, and fears in your work life. You do not know how to proceed and achieving goals seem difficult. You should give the situation some time to get clarity.

The Moon Tarot Card in a Health Reading

In a health reading, the moon tarot card is symbolic of anxiety, depression and mental troubles. You should see a health expert.

The Moon Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

 When this card is in a reversed position, the greenery becomes more prominent. The animals calm down and crayfish moves back to the water. Though the sky remains dark the crescent moon gets brighter. Crescent moon represents instinct. Your instinct is taking charge now.

In a reversed position this card shows less anxiety, less fear, and more clarity.

In a love reading, the reversed moon card shows clarity of thought and security after a rough patch. You are listening to your instincts more than your fears. Things are calming down and a new cycle is beginning.

In a career reading, the reversed moon card indicates a better phase is starting after a patch of uncertainty. It shows that the logical side of you is coming in action than the emotionally fearful side. You have learned to find the balance.

This is a positive card to get in a reversed position in a health reading. It shows that the rough patch is coming to an end and your health will be getting better. You will still have anxieties and fears but they will be less than before.