What Does The Moon Tarot Card Mean?

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What Does The Moon Tarot Card Mean?

When I started reading Tarot cards, I remember creating my own "first impression" interpretations of the cards in the Major Arcana. I remember seeing the card called "The Moon" and, for many years, I thought this card simply meant, "Things that happen at night."

What's interesting is that I still interpret this nocturnal card that way, though over the years I've come to know the Moon Tarot card as so much more.

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Meaning of the Moon Tarot Card

Upright: Intuition, subconsciousness, the Feminine psyche. Upright in a spread, this card asks you to look beyond the illusion, to use your psychic ability, because there's more than meets the eye when the Moon Tarot card comes up.

Reversed: Fears that arise, paranoia, conspiracy theories come into focus and bring confusion. The reversed Moon is symbolic of depression or self-hate. It stifles expression and causes insecure feelings.

The Moon gives you a second chance — you can stay and accept your fate, or you can rebrand yourself at will. It's all up to you.

The Moon Tarot Card Description

Up in the sky, between two distant towers, we see a bright yellow Full Moon, hovering over two canines and a lobster, with visions of grass, sea and mountain range. The wild animals represent our tame side, and our wild side. The lobster represents our crawl to life, our potential and our earliest memory.

The towers are also opposing ideas — our good nature, and our bad. The water is the subconscious, the mind. And the terrain is our earth, and we are beneath the Moon, figuring ourselves out. Are we good, or are we bad?

The Moon, in the Tarot, is ultimately mystical.

There is something magical and secretive about this card, and it never really fits into any reading, as it seems to immediately shift the interpretation to mean that there's something going on that you must take notice of, and perhaps it's your own behavior.

The Moon shines equally, with a neutral expression on its half-face, on all of us earthly creatures. But are our actions all worthy of such beautiful Moonlight?

The Moon card suggest to the reader that they (you, I, we) need to move through life in a more balanced way as, eventually, the spotlight will come our way and our behaviors and/or bad habits will be revealed.

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Upright Moon Tarot Card Meaning

Upright, this card instantly implies that everything is not as it seems. You're being required to look deeper, to employ your inner senses, your intuitive ability.

It's also the number one card that tells you to trust your gut and investigate what's going on inside you. Why do you feel that way? What is it that keeps getting your attention? Why are you so stuck?

The upright Moon sheds light — that's what it does, and the nocturnal light is what reveals your dark side as well as your psychic side.

The Moon is also a great card of femininity and womanhood.

The Moon can show up in a reading to represent a wise woman in your life, or it might very well be you, as the Moon.

When you relate to this card as yourself, it's because you know yourself to be nurturing, protective, security-driven and constant. That which is associated with the Goddess is apparent in your very own nature.

This is not restricted to women, however. The Moon's shine reveals the feminine in all beings.

This card is also associated with menstruation, the monthly flow, ruled by the cosmic lunar force in our sky, our Moon. It can be found in darker scenarios such as crime, betrayal and confusion.

Depending on which cards come up besides the Moon will tell how the Moon plays. If the Moon is next to the card "The Lovers," then it's pretty clear that those lovers will hook up. If the Moon is surrounded by The Tower and, say, the 10 of Swords, the Moon is telling you to get out of Dodge, and fast.

And that's the upside version!

Reversed Moon Tarot Card Meaning

When reversed, the Moon card actually makes your life easier. It's like a cup overturned.

Finally, all that intuition and psychic energy can be released. When the Moon is reversed, the meaning is release. Pent-up energy dissipates. Answers come, and so does completion.

The Moon is serious energy. We've all seen what the Full Moon can do to us here on earth. Heck, it makes us scream yellow bonkers. So, when its representative card, "The Moon," shows up reversed, it's a break.

How that completion shows up is a whole other thing, though.

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The Moon's release can show up as you coming to terms with something awful about yourself, or giving up a long time habit.

You know the truth about yourself. You know just how bad you've been (in whatever way), and this card is saying, "Now's the time to act. No more regrets, only action."

Reversed Moon still gives us that duality, though. The Towers below, the canines still cemented to their earth, along with the lobster? The lesson is, nothing really changes until you look deeply. Don't let bad habits go too far. Don't let incomplete tasks go too long.

Life is short, so make good on your promises to yourself.

The Moon Meaning in Love & Relationships

When the Moon comes up in a love reading, it's there to make us take notice: something needs to be paid attention to. Something within the relationship is either going wrong, or it needs to be looked into so that it doesn't go wrong.

It can also mean that it's time for a deep conversation with your partner, because this card, when upright, can mean that this relationship has all the potential in the world to be long-lasting and wonderful.

In love and relationships, this Tarot card can also act as a prod for you to be a better partner.

It's not a warning, but it does come up to alert you to the idea that you might want to take a look at your stubbornness, or your inability to open up on certain topics.

The Moon shines light and, in a relationship, you have to decide what you want seen and what you want to keep in the shadows. Perhaps the Moon's light is seeping in, which means it's time for you to live free, in love and in honesty.

There is also the chance that this card is telling you that there is something wrong and you need to confront a reality. The Moon is going to reveal what you must pursue to find the truth.

When this card comes up, it's a good time for you to take a beat and think about your relationship. It's worth taking the card seriously.

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Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.