The Moon (XVIII) Tarot Card

The Moon (XVIII) Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading And Understanding The Moon Tarot Card

The correlating number to the Moon is eighteen, which reduces to nine. Being the last of the single numbers, nine represents the final stage of the seeker. Like the Hermit, the image of the Moon is one of isolation and subjection. The seeker must continue his journey down a dimly lit path. Here, his senses are of no use to him. He now must rely on his inner light, the light of his intuition. The Moon requires great courage, as its path is a daunting one. However, if followed, the path can lead to the doorway of higher consciousness.

This is the decisive turning point for the seeker. Should he become mesmerized by the moon’s mysterious beauty, he will remain stuck. He will lose sight of the final stage of his spiritual development. If he forces himself forward, however, he will enter the kingdom of light. His final task includes discerning what is an illusion and what is truth. In a Tarot reading, the Moon always encourages us to explore areas where self-deception has blinded us from our true path. Like the seeker, we must have the courage to trust our intuition.

Another element of the Moon Tarot card is the principle of reflection. The moon reflects both the light of the sun (higher consciousness) and human intelligence (the creative consciousness). The Moon often refers to the concept of cause and effect. It reflects our behaviors and instincts back to us. It is at this point we are confronted with an opportunity to evaluate whether our behaviors are aligned with our value system. We are forced to either transcend or remain stagnant. Often, the Moon suggests that behavior modifications may be necessary. In a Tarot reading, the Moon beckons us to make a decision. Do you want to rise into higher consciousness or remain attached to the deception of your illusions?

The negative Tarot meaning of the Moon is a warning that one has been consumed by his imagination. Fantasy is being used as a means to escape from the realities of life. In this case, one’s unconscious instincts have taken over.

Upright Moon Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

In an upright position, the Moon warns of deception, confusion and fantasy. The Moon Tarot card suggests that you may experience mood swings and anxiety. Your path could be dark, ominous and uncertain. You must be willing to face your unconscious instincts and behaviors. Often, the Moon Tarot card meanings symbolize information that needs to come to the surface. This is a good time to evaluate your past behaviors. Do they align with who you want to be? The Moon sometimes informs us that one’s past behaviors will reap negative consequences in the present.

In a Tarot reading, the Moon also indicates the need to pay attention to your dreams, feelings and intuition. This is a good time to trust your “gut” feelings. It would also be wise to explore what drives your behavior. Often, the Moon suggests that there are internal conflicts that have yet to be resolved.

If a question about deceit has been asked, the Moon typically indicates that someone has given inaccurate information or that you have been deceived. There may have been misdoings, but they will eventually be revealed. The Moon suggests that there may be something going on behind the scenes. Trust that, at some point, this will be revealed to you.

  • The need to be receptive and passive
  • Intuition
  • The Dream world
  • Illusion
  • Confusion
  • Mystery
  • The Unconscious

Reversed Moon Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

When the Moon comes up reversed in a Tarot spread, it invites one to come back into the light. Perhaps, you have been experiencing difficulties in a situation, relationship, or with your emotions. This is the time to rely on your spiritual connection. New perspectives and clarity will emerge. Do not make any major decisions right now. It would be best to wait until you see the truth of the situation. In a Tarot reading, the Moon also encourages you to confront your darker impulses. You may find that your unconscious conflicts are causing stagnation. Perhaps you are reluctant to take the path of the unknown. There could be a hesitation to move forward or too much attachment to the past. You may become conscious of obstacles or negative people that are sabotaging you. In a Tarot reading, the Moon reversed sometimes warns of untruths. This is a time to be especially observant.

  • Misunderstandings
  • Not listening to your inner voice
  • Secrets
  • Deep fears
  • Deception

For more about the Moon and relationships please see the Love Tarot section.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used for example purposes only with his permission.


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