The Moon Tarot Card Meanings

the moon tarot card


‘The Moon’ is the 18th Major Arcana cards among all the other 22 Major Arcana cards. On this card, there is a full moon in the night’s sky, which is a symbol of mystery, illusions, intuition, and dreams. The mood stands in between the two tall towers. In comparison to the sun, the light of the moon is dim, which slightly lights up the path between the towers. Beyond the towers, the path looks scary and may lead to some undiscovered place. This denotes that there are many things which are hidden in your life and you have to work on your intuition powers to know them. In the foreground, there appears a crayfish, which slowly crawls out from the lake (a commonplace where crayfishes live). The emerging of the crayfish from the water (symbol of subconscious mind) denotes that you have to come out of your safe zone to unfold the mysterious. The path looks scary with a dog and wolf standing on the grassy field. Both of them are howling at the moon, which represents the tamed and wild aspects of the psychic mind. The two towers are related to boundaries of the thought process of the human mind. In the background, the path continues through the mountains (symbol of spiritual awareness) where the number of obstacles like a dog, wolf, darkness, and the scary environment is there to divert you from your path.


  • Mystery
  • Illusions
  • Intuition
  • Subconscious
  • Monthly Cycles
  • Depression
  • Mental Illness
  • Anxieties and Fear
  • Insecurities
  • Misconception
  • Risks

General Meaning

‘The Moon’ card is a symbol of the period of uncertainty, illusions, and hidden realities. You need to unfold the various aspects before taking any decision. Work on your intuition powers and concentrate on what your subconscious mind says. This is not the right time to trust anyone blindly. This card advises not to take any final decision as only half of the information is available to you. You inner-strength, inner-guidance and psychic powers will help you to reach the path of higher levels of understanding.

Upright Position

the moon-upright position

If ‘The Moon’ appears in the upright position your spread than it symbolizes the period of uncertainty. It suggests that things, in reality, are not exactly what it appears to be. You may be knowing only the half-truth. This card advises you to focus on your inner-beliefs and intuitions to know the hidden realities. Focus on what your intuitive powers say before making the decision. This card also specifies the depressed period of your life. You are allowing your fears and anxieties to overpower you. It can also denote a past bad memory, which you still not able to forget and is making you emotionally distressed. It also symbolizes the mensurational cycles of a woman. This card also shows some unknown facts about the person, which will only be revealed at the right time.

Reversed Position

the moon-reversed position

If ‘The Moon’ appears in the reversed position in your spread, it signifies that slowly your fears and anxieties subsiding. It also denotes the revelation of the secrets which are helping you to see the directions. Hidden lies, deception, and secrets are all exposed. Your mental illness, depressions, and stress will all fade away and soon you will be going to gain the new confidence and strength in you. You will successfully be able to overcome the stressful phase of your life. Alternatively, this card in the reversed position also shows that you are ignoring the signs of the intuitive messages which God is giving you time and again. Listen to your inner voice, intuitive powers, and work on your psychic abilities to understanding the divine messages of the Supreme power. This card also shows delayed decisions.

The Moon in Past Spread

The appearance of ‘The Moon’ in the past spread suggests that you had experienced a very bad phase of life which is still causing a feeling of distress in you. You have still not overcome the fears and anxieties. It also denotes the poor condition of your health in the past.

The Moon in Present Spread

In the present spread, this card signifies a period of depression. You are not known to certain things in your life and such things will only be revealed at the right time. Your mental health is degrading because of your fears and anxieties. You are having irregular monthly cycles or are going through some gynae problems. This card suggests considering each fact before taking any decision. This card also advises you to focus on your intuitive powers.

The Moon in Future Spread

In the future spread, the appearance of ‘The Moon’ card says that all the truths are still not known to you. Many things will be revealed to you at the right time. Start working on your psychic abilities to understand the various intuitive messages of the angels. It also denotes a health issue shortly.

The Moon in Love Spread

If you are single, then this card in your love spread denotes that the people around you are not truthful. It also shows that soon you will be going to meet someone, whose intentions won’t be the same as it appears to be. He/She may fake things in front of you and won’t be honest in the way you expect them to be.

If you are committed, then this card signifies that the world might be considering you and your partner as an ideal couple, but in reality, you have been struggling in this relationship because of various issues like lack of respect, care, loyalty, honesty, constant quarrels, lack of communication, and many more. There might be certain things regarding your partner which will only be revealed at the right time.

The Moon in Career Spread

In the career spread, the appearance of this card shows that you are not confident about the career path which you have chosen in your life. You are full of doubts and unable to see the correct directions. There is a lack of understanding with teachers or your colleagues. The concepts of your study material are not clear to you. It also shows that you may not be happy with your current working environment. For students, the appearance of this card also shows that they may have to face a lot of struggles to achieve their desired goals.

The Moon in Finance Spread

In the finance spread, the appearance of this card shows that you are not considering every fact before making any financial decision. Keep a check on the money you have been spending on various things. This cared also shows that someone is deceiving you for some financial gains.

The Moon in Health Spread

The appearance of ‘The Moon’ in health spread suggests that currently, you are going through the period of mental illness and depression. You are not able to see the correct paths of your life. Your fears and anxieties are overpowering you and distracting you from the achievement of your goals. In the case of women, this card in the health spread suggests disturbed mensurational cycles, hormonal imbalances, and other issues related to gynae problems.

The Moon In Family Spread

In the case of family spread, the appearance of this card shows that someone in your family is not so honest in the dealings. There are certain hidden facts about the member which will be revealed at the right time. This card also suggests a health issue, so take proper care of your health is very important.

The Moon in Yes or No Spread

The theme of this card is based on the fact that certain things will only be revealed at the right time. So, the answer to your question will either be ‘No’ or ‘Unknown’.

Other Facts

  • Element: Water
  • Astrology/Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Period: February 19 to March 20

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