The Moon

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about The Moon Tarot Archetype.

The Moon Tarot Card Meaning

Part of the tarot archetypes, The Moon is the eighteenth trump, or Major Arcana, card in most Tarot decks.

Checkout this detailed breakdown of the meaning of The Moon tarot card.

Upright Meanings

The Moon indicates all is not as it seems, with a person or situation not what it appears and the recipient needing to trust their instincts if they are to see past the facade.

Dreams should be paid attention to as they are trying to make you notice something you have missed.

The Moon also signifies the allowance of fear and anxiety to overwhelm and thus cause a negative impact on one’s outlook, leading to effects such as mood swings, instability or insecurity. Insecurities or repressed issues may be coming to the surface.

The Moon warns of dishonest dealings or illegal behaviour and the need to set things right before this is exposed. If waiting on a decision this is likely to be delayed or very vague and thus confusing.

The Moon also represents the menstrual cycle.

​Spiritually the Moon represents intuition. If interested in healing or psychic work this will go well and the recipient will be open to spiritual messages.

Attention should be given to dreams, instincts, visions and thoughts as this may be the spirits trying to guide. Quiet time and meditation may be helpful.

The Moon Tarot indicates insecurity or uncertainty in a relationship, despite it seeming fine to outsiders. Miscommunication, arguments or insecurities may be causing problems.

Deception may be indicated but it is important to calmly assess facts before making a rash conclusion.

If single, The Moon indicates deceit so caution is needed when dating in case a person’s intentions are not honourable.

The Moon indicates anxiety and uncertainty about career direction, perhaps with miscommunication at work causing problems with colleagues or someone withholding required information from you.

Financially, the recipient should exercise caution about investments or other financial risks as they may not have the information to make an informed decision. Someone may be trying to con you financially so be wary but not paranoid.

​The Moon can signify mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and depression, as well as telling the recipient to trust their instincts about their health and ensure they push to get to the root cause of any issues.

It may also signify a health problem relating to the menstrual cycle of hormones in women.

Reversed Meanings

Signifying clearing negativity, fading anxiety and releasing fear, the Moon reversed also indicates exposure of secrets and lies. It is a sign that something lost will be found.

However, it can also indicate self-deception, delusions and a struggle to distinguish between fantasy and reality. The Moon reversed can mean imminent lifting of mental health issues.

New confidence and clarity will be found. If awaiting a decision on something the answer will give clarity.

Spiritually, The Moon reversed indicates the blocking, ignoring or misinterpreting of spiritual messages, with the recipient out of tune with their intuition and psychic abilities.

​The Moon reversed signifies the revealing of dishonesty and deception, or truth in a relationship being revealed. The recipient may see the true character of their partner revealed.

If single, The Moon reversed indicates regaining of composure and self-confidence. However it can also warn about ignoring signs and instincts about an unsuitable partner.

The Moon reversed indicates creative block for those in an artistic field.

Generally, career uncertainty may soon stabilise and career paths start to be clarified, with greater confidence about career direction developing. Clarity about financial management will develop.

However, the card also warns of potential financial deception so caution should be exercised about investment and financial commitments – follow your instincts.

​The Moon reversed can indicate the lifting of mental health problems, but it can also indicate the inability to separate reality from fantasy and so a potential worsening of delusions or paranoia.

Stability may return to more general health and medical tests will provide clarity.

The Moon Keywords

  • Intuition
  • Illusion
  • Dreams
  • Vagueness
  • Instability
  • Deception
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Misconception
  • Subconscious
  • Insecurity
  • Releasing fear
  • Unveiling secrets
  • Subsiding anxiety
  • Truth
  • Regaining composure
  • Self-deception
  • Blocked intuition

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