Card Type: Major Arcana
Card Number: 18
Star Sign: Pisces
Crystal: Clear Quartz
Other Names: Luna
Key Meaning: Spiritual Awareness
The Moon Tarot card points to the magical and mysterious. It means you are becoming more spiritually aware.
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The Moon Keywords
🥰 Upright: Psychic, dreams, lunar magic, heightened emotions
🥰 Reversed: Secrets revealed, fears overcome
The Moon Tarot Card Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. The card depicts a night scene. Two wolves howl at the moon and a lobster or crayfish crawls out of the water. A path winds upwards in the distance, through a night landscape. The hills beyond, could be the same hills from the Eight of Cups. Two towers frame the picture, representing a choice between right and wrong. However, they both look the same, so how should one decide? A large luminous moon casts her dim light on the landscape.
When the Moon appears in your reading, emotions are high and you are more sensitive than normal. Moonlight is mysterious and a symbol of the unknown. It casts shadows and we are unsure if what we see or feel is real. It is difficult to make decisions under this influence. However, The Moon encourages you trust your intuition because your regular senses are not reliable. You are better, for example, to judge a person or situation by what you feel at this time, rather than by what they say, or you see.
You are receiving information using your psychic senses, through dreams, visions, voices in your head or gut feelings. Occasionally, The Moon signifies a vision quest.
The light in the card is important. Light symbolizes a connection to God. When the light comes from the Sun, it is God connecting with us. When the light comes from the Moon, it is us reaching out and connecting with God. The light of the Moon is feminine, which opens the gates of Heaven, and the light of Sun is masculine, which thrusts back down upon us.
Other keywords associated with this card: powerful dreams, lucid dreaming, astral travel, divination, instincts, mystery, occult forces, sleepwalking, twilight, moodiness, eeriness, feeling of foreboding.
What Zodiac Sign is The Moon Tarot Card?
The Moon Tarot card is assigned the star sign Pisces. The astrological Age of Pisces, which began, coincidentally, at the time of Christ, is believed to run until about the year 2150. Pisces is the Age of monotheism (the belief that there is only one God) and spirituality. Throughout time, Christians have used the symbol of the fish (known as ichthys), to represent Christ. The fish also happens to be the glyph of Pisces.
Now we are marching towards the Age of Aquarius, or consider us already in the dawn of Aquarius. Aquarius represents the Age of freedom, technology and the collective consciousness. The Moon card reminds us, however, that we must not forget what the Age of Pisces taught us about spirituality. We must remember our connection to God, and use it to advance humanity in the next Age – rather than leaving Him behind.
Neptune, the planet of mystery and illusion, is the ruling planet of Pisces, and is assigned to the Moon card.
The Moon card is assigned to the twelfth house in astrology, which is ruled by Pisces. The 12th house is where astrologers look for information on our memories, secrets, dreams and past lives.
The Moon corresponds to the element Water.
The Moon is assigned to the twelfth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Qoph.
Romance: What does The Moon Tarot Card Mean when You Ask About Love?
When the Moon turns up in a love reading, the meaning will depend on your question. For example, if you asked:
💖 Will I find love? The Moon guides you to act cautiously in love, under this illusionary influence, you could meet a married person claiming to be single.
💖 Does he or she like me? The Moon says, don’t create fantasies in your head. If they like you, their actions will be clear. Be guided by what someone does, rather than what they say. Words are cheap.
💖 What is the future of our relationship? The Moon means that there is tension, someone is not saying what they feel. Perhaps you are afraid to hear the answer.
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💖 The Moon can reflect fears and trauma from the past resurfacing. Talk to someone, rather than bottling it all up.
💖 The Moon and lunar cycle is linked to pregnancy and childbirth. You may fall pregnant or give birth on a new or full moon.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify when You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the Moon, then it can mean:
⭕ There is tension in the workplace amongst staff or with management. The best thing to do, is keep your head down until the dust settles.
⭕ You are confused about career direction, or your studies. The Moon says, you know what to do, you just fear owning it.
⭕ You have success in a spiritual based business. There will be ebbs and flows, but don’t doubt you are on the right path.
Careers associated with this card include: Psychic, medium, shaman, occult, new age writer. Also, any job which involves shift work, as well as baker, detective, and artist.
If you are considering hiring a candidate and this card appears, it means:
Not everything is as it seems on paper. Be careful to check out references.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of The Moon Tarot Card in a Money Reading?
If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive the Moon, it can mean:
💲 Be cautious when making an investment or major purchase, someone may not be telling you the whole truth.
💲 Hidden expenses or bills come to light.
💲 Trust your instinct when it comes to small purchases, like a lottery ticket. If you feel lucky, try your luck!
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“The Moon combined with Death” –
Amazing powers of mediumship or witchcraft
“The Moon combined with Empress” –
Falling pregnant around a full or new moon
“The Moon combined with Fool” –
Follow your intuition and take a leap
HEALTH: What does The Moon Tarot Card Mean when You Ask About Health?
In a health reading, the Moon is linked to mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and post-partum depression. It is also associated with hormonal mood swings, due to PMS, menopause or andropause. If you need help, don’t be afraid to reach out to a medical expert.
Health conditions associated with this card include: Hormone imbalance, PCOS, PTSD, panic attacks, bipolar. This card rules: feet, toes, lymphatic system, and body fat.
YES/NO: Does The Moon Tarot Card Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and this Tarot card turns up, then the answer is not clear. More time needs to pass.
TIMING: Does The Moon Tarot Card Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 This card is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 The Moon card represents January 21 to February 20. If the card is reversed, timing will be longer – perhaps up to a year later, same date.
Karina’s Timing Method:
I am using a traditional major arcana timing method here, based on the zodiac sign assigned to each card.
What is the Meaning of The Moon Tarot Card Reversed?
When the Moon card is upside down, then it seems to shine brighter. This means, there is greater clarity now.
✔️ A situation calms down or facts come to light. Now you can relax, or make a decision.
✔️ A truth comes to light, and now it must be faced. There is no more running away or illusion.
✔️You work through mental health issues.
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