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The Moon Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong

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Moon Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
illusion, intuition, uncertainty, confusion, complexity, secrets, unconscious fear, deception, anxiety, misunderstanding, misinterpretation, clarity, understanding
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The Moon Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

The Moon Tarot Card Description

When we encounter the Moon, we see a path that leads off into the distance. On either side of the path stand a wolf and a dog, representing our animalistic nature - one is civilized, and the other wild and feral. There is a crawfish that is crawling out of the pond from which the path stems from. In the distance, we can see two towers flanking the central path, once again alluding to the doubles visible in this card. Everything in this card seems to echo the other, as if to allude to two possibilities. When we walk down the path, we walk the fine line between conscious and unconscious, between the tamed side of civilization of the dog, and the forces of nature represented by the wolf. 

The towers on the opposing ends represent the forces of good and evil, and their similarity in appearance can allude to the difficulties that we face in distinguishing between them.

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Upright Moon Meaning

On one hand, the Moon card can symbolize your imagination is taking the best of you. In the dark of the night, you are taking a path that you are unsure of, for there could be danger lurking in its depths. You are the crawfish embarking on the path in the card. The moon's light can bring you clarity and understanding and you should allow your intuition to guide you through this darkness. 

The moon's light can bring you clarity and understanding and you should allow your intuition to guide you through this darkness. 

You need to be aware of the situations that are causing fear and anxiety in your mind, whether it is now or in the future. It alerts you not to allow inner disturbances and self-deception to take the best of you. These deep memories and fears must be let go, and the negative energies must be released and turned into something constructive.

Another reading of the Moon card is the existence of illusion. Some hidden truth must be discovered, for what you are seeing now may just be a trick of the light. You must search for the hidden forces that must be unraveled.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
complicated romance, uncertainty about love or relationship uncertainty around career path, confusion at job, lack of information unclear around financial decisions, lacking financial knowledge

Upright Moon Tarot Love Meaning

With the Moon in a love tarot reading, it’s likely that emotions are complicated at this time. The environment can be one full of misunderstandings, and not everything is as it appears. You may need to do some work to get to the bottom of things; be sure to not only ensure the intentions of others, but also understand your own emotions, desires and motivations. There may be old attitudes, beliefs or ideas that are clouding your judgement. Many things can be hiding in your unconscious affecting your ability to accept love. Are past relationships haunting you? Have you lost faith in love? Do you believe you are unworthy of love? All of these can have profound affects on how we approach relationships. Now is the time to examine them and reveal them as they truly are.

Career Meaning - Upright Moon

There may be some uncertainty when it comes to your career path right now. You may not have a clear understanding of what your goals are and which direction you should go towards. Alternatively, your workplace right now can be a tense atmosphere, one that comes from haziness and confusion about project goals, or what everyone should be doing. Misunderstandings can be rife right now, so make sure you express yourself clearly; it may be better to repeat yourself. By the same token, you may find that you don’t have all the information you need right now to make sound work decisions. Who can help shed some light on the facts? 

Finances Meaning - Upright Moon

Right now may not be the best time to make any big financial decisions, as the Moon signals that the information available to you right now isn’t complete. If you are in the process of taking financial action, don’t be afraid to dig deep and ask questions, so you can make the best decision possible. Confusion and uncertainty around finances may be a problem at the moment.

Reversed Moon Meaning

A Moon reversal in a reading can sometimes indicate that the darker and more negative aspects of the moon are present in your life. It could represent confusion and unhappiness - you want to make progress, but you are not sure what is the right thing to do. You must deal with your anxiety and fears by overcoming them, for they are like shadows in the dark. It is time to believe in yourself and move forward. 

The moon reversal meaning indicates that you are in an intuitive period or you have recently battled confusion, anxiety, and self-deception. It could be that you are misinterpreting how you have been feeling however you are starting to improve on this.

Another reversed moon meaning is that the forces of the night that are bringing you confusion are starting to dissipate. You have started managing your fears and anxiety. Whatever negative energies you have been facing are slowly fading away. It presents a liberating experience as you discover the positive side of things.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
deception, fear and paranoia regarding love clarity at work, sabotage, deception and trickery at workplace clarity about finances, deception regarding finances

Reversed Moon Tarot Love Meaning

The reversed Moon tarot love meaning can suggest that confusion and deception may be in the air. You may not have all the information you need at this moment, and you’ll have to rely on intuition in order to guide your way to the truth. Are you being honest with your partner? Are they being honest with you? Sometimes deception doesn’t necessarily have to have malicious motivations, but can even be done out of kindness or the desire to spare another person’s feelings. Hiding the truth however, is never a sustainable situation.

Career Meaning - Reversed Moon

On one hand, the reversed Moon can signal the dissipation of the uncertainty and confusion that has characterized your job or workplace. Things may be more clear, and you may have a better understanding of which direction you should be working towards. Alternatively, the reversed Moon can also indicate a worsening of the situation, where misunderstandings and poor communication can even turn into deception, lying and sabotage. Your anxieties and fear about the workplace or your colleagues can make your worst fears come true, as everyone becomes more defensive, protective and paranoid.  

Finances Meaning - Reversed Moon

In the best cases, the reversed Moon can signal finding clarity about your financial situation and your financial goals. You are getting all the information you need to feel comfortable about a big decision or an investment in your future. At worst however, the reversed Moon can also suggest that there may be deception regarding your finances. Listen to your instincts; but try and separate your fears from intuition.

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