The Moon: The Card of Illusion, Fear, and Confusion.

moon tarot card illustation

In Tarot, The Moon card symbolizes a journey through the subconscious and the realm of intuition. It highlights illusions, dreams, and uncertainties that one may encounter.

Divination practices such as cartomancy can help us make decisions, offer guidance, and help us tune into our intuition when we are at a crossroads in our lives. Understanding the meanings of each tarot card can help you sharpen your interpretative skills so you can get the most out of your readings.

Today, I invite you to explore the deep symbolism of the Moon tarot card with me. The Moon is card number 18 (XVIII) in modern cartomantic tarot decks and one of the 22 major arcana cards. Together, we’ll explore the rich symbolism within this card, so you can gain a deeper understanding of its message.

Remember, just like the phases of the moon, life is full of ups and downs. By embracing both our light and dark sides, we can find balance and inner peace. Let’s dive in!

8 Quick takeaways about the Moon card

  1. The Moon card Encourages delving into one’s subconscious to unearth underlying feelings and issues.
  2. It symbolizes navigating through unclear or uncertain scenarios using intuition.
  3. It highlights the need to seek clarity amidst deception or misunderstandings.
  4. It stresses the importance of trusting one’s inner voice and intuitive insights.
  5. It is also a reminder that everything is cyclical.
  6. It represents our emotions and our subconscious mind.
  7. It can also be a sign that we are in for a period of introspection.
  8. Finally, The Moon card is a reminder that we all have shadows that we need to face.

Pictorial Symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck

The artwork from the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck contains deeper esoteric meanings that tarotists love to decipher. Here are the most important visual symbols and their meaning: 

Central Moon

A large, full moon with a face occupies the top center of the card. The moon is traditionally associated with intuition, dreams, and the unconscious.

Drops (Yods)

Fifteen golden drops or “yods” are seen falling from the moon. They are often seen as divine emanations or spiritual blessings.

the moon rider waite

Two Towers

On either side of the card, there are two tall, grey towers. These can symbolize the boundaries between the conscious and unconscious minds or the duality of human nature.

The Path

A narrow path runs between the two towers, leading into the distant mountains. This path can represent the journey into the unknown or the subconscious.


Emerging from a pool of water at the bottom of the card is a lobster or crayfish. This creature, crawling from the water, symbolizes primal fears, feelings, and psychic insights rising to the surface of consciousness.

Two Dogs/Wolves

Standing on either side of the path are a dog and a wolf, howling at the moon. These animals represent the wild and domesticated parts of our minds. Their howling can indicate the call of the wild or the primal instincts that are difficult to tame.


There’s a body of water beneath the path which represents the subconscious mind, intuition, and emotions. The Moon card generally speaks of illusion, intuition, and the mysterious realm of dreams and the subconscious. In readings, it can point to things not being as they seem, being led by intuition, or feeling uncertain or full of doubt.

Key facts & correspondences

Upright keywordsIllusion, Intuition, Dreams, Subconscious, Uncertainty, Deception, Confusion, Mystery, Hidden motives, Emotional insecurity.
Reversed keywordsClarity, Truth revealed, Overcoming deception, Clear intuition, Overcoming fears, End of confusion, Facing reality, Dispel illusions, Rationality, Inner exploration.
Yes or NoNo
Numerology18 (XVIII)
Planetary correspondenceThe Moon
Astrological SignPisces
Jungian archetypeLight aspect: The Shape Shifter, The Goddess / Shadow aspect: The Mystic
Tarot timingMonday
Associated deitiesSelene, Nyx, Nepthys, Khonsu, Anubis, Triple Goddess
Other name(s)The Twilight (Egyptian Tarot), and La Lune (Tarot de Marseille). 
Crystal CorrespondencesSelenite, Moonstone, Pearls, Labradorite, Milk Opal
Affirmation“I honor all my cycles and my phases.”

Drawing the Moon tarot card in the upright position

In Latin, major arcana translates to “big secrets” and each of the 22 cards in this section of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck represents an important life lesson we must all face and overcome at some point. 

The Moon, arcanum 18, is no different.

In Tarot, The Moon speaks to our inner world, our private feelings – much like our Moon placement in Astrology. When The Moon shows up in a reading, it indicates that your feelings are at the forefront of this question, prompting you to ask yourself how objective you are really being about it.

Generally, the Moon card in the upright position is associated with:

Intuition and the Subconscious

The Moon card often points to your intuitive feelings and the subconscious processes that are at play, encouraging you to pay attention to dreams, hunches, and your inner voice.


Things might not be as they appear on the surface. There might be deception or misunderstanding at play. The Moon is a reminder to seek clarity and to differentiate between what’s real and what’s imagined.

Uncertainty and Confusion

Just as the moonlight can be misleading and cast shadows, this card can indicate a period of uncertainty or confusion. It may suggest that you’re not seeing the full picture or that you’re in the dark about something important.


The Moon is often linked to emotions, moods, and psychological shifts. It can indicate fluctuating moods or being influenced by emotions or psychological input, both yours and those of others.

Feminine Energy

The Moon card can be associated with feminine energy, receptivity, and cycles, reflecting the moon’s connection to menstrual cycles and fertility.

Journey through Darkness

It can symbolize a journey or path that is unclear, where you need to navigate using your intuition rather than your conscious mind.

In the ebb and flow of the major arcana’s narrative, The Moon rises after The Star and sets the scene for The Sun. This intentional positioning holds a profound and hidden symbolism: Before advancing with joy and confidence, it’s essential to deeply explore our emotions and inner realm. With The Moon card guiding you, trust your intuition and inner wisdom during your spiritual journey.

upright moon tarot card

When pulled into the upright position The Moon is associated with illusion, intuition, subconscious, and emotional insecurity.

What does the Moon mean for your love life?

If you’re in a relationship, The Moon speaks to a beautiful sense of shared emotional depth and honesty. This isn’t a superficial or casual connection; it’s something that’s stirring up deep emotions within you, and that’s truly beautiful!

However, depending on your attachment wounds, this deep emotional connection can also bring up feelings of fear or uncertainty. In this case, The Moon card may be guiding you towards processing these emotions in a healthy way, perhaps through therapeutic activities like journaling.

If the relationship isn’t making you feel safe, seen, and valued, The Moon card in a reading may be trying to point this out to you. It’s possible that something isn’t as it seems, and there may be an element of illusion or clouded judgment at play.

If you’re single, The Moon can speak to a strong desire for emotional connection. Take some time to reflect on your relationship with yourself. Do you take yourself out on dates and cultivate meaningful platonic relationships in your life? Who’s in your community? By nurturing these connections, you can create a sense of emotional fulfillment and avoid projecting your desires onto others.

Pulling the Moon tarot card in its reversed position

If The Moon appears reversed in a reading, it’s a sign that you’ve triumphed over the state of confusion, deception, and nebulousness that this card can represent. 

Clarity or truth has emerged, and you have successfully navigated through illusions or delusions that once clouded your judgment. You may have gained greater clarity and rationality, moved past your inner anxieties, projections, and overcome any fears that held you back. 

Congratulations, as that’s badass and hard to accomplish!

Additionally, this reversed position emphasizes intuition becoming clearer and the end of uncertainty in your life. However, it’s important to remember that reversed cards can also serve as a warning or invitation to examine your inner world. 

If you’re refusing to dive into your own emotions and feelings, this reversal may be a call to turn the card around and explore what lies beneath the surface.

the moon reversed tarot card

When pulled in the reversed position The Moon is associated with clarity, rationality, and end of confusion.

What does the reversed Moon mean for your love life?

If The Moon appears reversed in a love tarot spread, it may suggest that there’s more to the situation than meets the eye. Something could be hidden beneath the surface, and this card may be a warning to wait and see what is revealed. This doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is being deceitful or unauthentic, but rather that The Moon is asking you to shine a full light on your whole situation.

Honesty and transparency are being called into question here. This doesn’t have to be about outright lies, but rather about being honest with yourself and your own emotions. Take some time to reflect on how you’re feeling about your love life, and consider whether you need to sit with these emotions for a while before answering.

Trust in your own inner wisdom and intuition with relationships and your love life, and be patient as the full picture of this life unfolds. With honesty and transparency, you can navigate any challenges or uncertainties that may arise, and create a love life that aligns with your deepest desires and values.

What does the inverted Moon mean for your career?

If The Moon appears reversed in a career reading, it can indicate that the confusion you may have been feeling in this area of your life is either dissipating or becoming worse. It may also suggest a worsening of emotional turmoil at work, perhaps causing some paranoia and anxiety for you or your colleagues. In either case, it’s a good time to audit your mental health and take steps to prioritize self-care and emotional well-being.

The reversed Moon is calling on you to look at things logically now, rather than solely relying on how the situation is making you feel. Consider whether any changes have been made to address your concerns or dissatisfaction in your job. If not, it may be time to assess whether it’s worth continuing in this phase of your career journey.

If changes are being made, but you’re still struggling with doubts, paranoia, or emotional distress, it’s worth analyzing whether it’s worth the energy to see these changes through. Perhaps it’s time to consider taking on additional responsibility, exploring a new team or role, or seeking out new opportunities altogether.

What does the reversed Moon mean for your wealth?

When The Moon appears reversed in a financial tarot spread, it signifies a moment of clarity amidst the ebb and flow of financial gains and losses. While there may be instances where intuition leads to innovative financial gains, there’s also the stark reality of rapid losses.

In the current climate of fluctuating economies and the overarching shadow of capitalism, self-preservation through wise financial decisions becomes paramount. The reversed Moon urges a reevaluation of expenses. Consider trimming unnecessary expenditures, revisiting subscriptions, and ensuring they resonate with your present life phase, be it as a student, homeowner, or someone aiming for financial prudence.

Tread cautiously with significant investments or substantial purchases. Thoroughly review all financial documents to sidestep unforeseen charges or unpleasant financial surprises.

6 Tips to memorize the meanings of the Moon card

Memorizing the meanings of tarot cards can be a bit daunting given the depth and complexity of each card in tarot. Here are some tips to help you remember the meaning of the Moon card:

Tip #1: Imagery (Visual memory)

One of the easiest ways to remember the meaning of a tarot card is to focus on its imagery. For the Moon card, you might think of the moon itself as a source of light in the darkness but notice how its light can distort and hide the reality of our surroundings, thus causing illusions and fears. It can also show you phases of the Moon, depending on the deck, and remember that humans too have phases – but are always full.

Tip #2: Keyword Association (Semantic memory)

Assign keywords to the card to help memorize its meanings. For example, for the Moon card, you could think of “illusion,” “confusion,” “fear,” “intuition,” and “subconscious.”

Tip #3: Storytelling (Narrative memory)

Create a story around the card. For instance, the Moon card could be about a journey taken in the middle of the night. The journey is confusing and scary (representing fear and illusion), but it’s also a time when you’re most in touch with your intuition and subconscious to keep your wits about you, or even how the Moon’s lack of reflection causes us to look inward too.

Tip #4: Personal Connection (Episodic memory)

Relate the card to personal experiences or emotions. If you’ve ever had experiences where things were not as they seemed, or times when your intuition was particularly strong, associate those moments with the Moon card. Think about how you’ve navigated dark nights of the soul yourself, and how the Moon has been your omnipresent yet hidden companion since birth.

Tip #5: Regular Practice (Procedural memory)

The more you work with the cards, the better you’ll understand and remember their meanings. Regularly draw daily cards, do readings for friends, or journal about each card. Make a playlist, create a workout routine, or even plan a menu based on the cards you pull.

Tip #6: Mnemonic Devices (Associative memory)

Create a mnemonic device related to the card’s meaning. For instance, for the Moon card, you might use “Mirages Obscure Our Navigation” – each of the letters spells the word Moon whilst relating to the aspects of illusion and confusion the card represents.

The Moon in a past/present/future tarot spread

Past Position

If this card came up in your spread for the Past position, I’d say that previously things just weren’t clear, and even though intuitively you could say you knew what was happening – there was still a lot happening in the shadows. 

In the past, there may have been moments we were really confused by what was happening too, and the Cancer element of the crayfish/crab adds to the emotional intensity that a full moon phase can only bring out in folks (they don’t call it lunacy for nothing…)

Present Position

If this Moon card comes up in a Present position for your reading, its showing that emotions are running the show and how you’re feeling may also be clouding logical judgement here. Are you sure the information in front of you is clear? Is there a chance you could be deceived or manipulated by someone? 

There’s a lot of other forces going on behind the scenes here, so are you getting the full picture or are you just seeing what is being revealed right now? When the Moon comes up in a reading, it always brings more questions than it answers.

Future Position

In the future position on this Past Present Future spread, The Moon reminds us that we are in the space of the unknown. It may be that there are too many variables at this moment, or it can indicate there is still a lot of changes and phases to go through. 

If you’re asking spiritually, then this card speaks to trusting our magick and intuition in the future. If you’re asking regarding romance and lovelife, then this card is actually asking how do you FEEL about them (more than a focus on the other person)? 

If you’re asking about work or career or education, then really there’s too many options for other people in this little community that it’s hard to have a firm outcome – but if you look inside yourself there are opportunities for change, for connection with the phases of yourself in these roles, and being honest about the position you are in regardless.

The Moon and spirituality

When you are seeking a connection with something “more” in your life, whether it be a person, a guide, a deity, or a spirit, pulling The Moon card can be a powerful affirmation that you are not alone in your journey. This card is a sign that those you are seeking to connect with see you in your darkest moments and are here to offer their support and guidance.

The Moon is one of the most spiritually significant cards in the deck. Unlike the High Priestess or the Hierophant, which describe specific individuals or traits, The Moon speaks to the cycles of nature, our emotions, and our psychic abilities. It reminds us that just like the phases of the moon, our energy will ebb and flow, and that this is a natural and necessary part of our spiritual growth.

In a spiritual reading, The Moon can also indicate that hidden communities or sources of support are coming to the surface. This could be a group of people who share your beliefs or a connection with the spirit realm. The card encourages you to embrace this support and trust that you are on the right path.

As always, it is important to pull additional cards for clarity and guidance when interpreting a spiritual reading. By doing so, you can gain deeper insights into the messages and guidance being offered to you, and move forward with confidence and clarity on your spiritual journey.

The Moon as feelings/emotions

If you are asking the tarot how someone feels about you, pulling the Moon card can be a sign to ask you to take your time on this and ponder. It can indicate that they are not being honest with you about their feelings, or that they are confused about how they feel. It can be describing you, too.

The Moon can also represent repressed anger or jealousy, so it is important to be aware of these emotions if you do see this card. The Moon is associated with strong emotions, and therefore can fit on the extremes from very happy & content to livid & spewing with hatred.

The Moon is all about feeling a little bit emotional! Tender, emotional, perhaps even a bit too sensitive. The Moon wants you to curl up with a snuggly blanket and let yourself have a good cry, to help you get in touch with your feelings to ultimately be more honest with yourself about your wants and needs. 

Honour your cycles and rhythms.

The Moon as a person

As a personality archetype, the Moon is often associated with individuals who are highly emotionally sensitive, creative, and intuitive. While their emotional depth can be a great strength, it can also sometimes get in the way of their success and fulfillment.

This person may experience drastic mood swings or feel emotionally unstable at times. They may struggle with impulsiveness or acting out of anger without taking time to assess the situation first. I’d even go as far as to say they have hidden traumas that they hide from everyone else, which may indicate why they are lashing out or acting up.

These individuals also have a unique ability to connect with others on a deep emotional level. They often gravitate towards careers that involve nurturing, healing, or supporting others, such as nursing, coaching, or social work.

It’s important to remember that every individual is unique, and not all who resonate with the Moon archetype will experience the same traits or have the same career paths.

a woman presenting the moon tarot card to the viewer

The Moon as an occupation or job role

As an occupation, the Moon represents someone who is familiar with the darker aspects of life, and even in a rebirth or funerary setting. The Moon card in this case prefers intimacy, as only the night provides, and it suggests a passion for cyclical work too. As it’s ruled by both Cancer and Pisces water signs, you’ll see a lot of similar role recommendations.

There are areas of care such as Nursing, Coaching, and Social Work. These roles allow individuals to explore the depths of the human mind and emotions, offering guidance and support to those in need.

There are the areas of Psychology, Rehabilitation, Counselling, and Therapy. These professions allow individuals to tap into their intuitive and subconscious selves, creating meaningful work that resonates with others.

Other roles to consider for this card include Dream interpretation, Musician, Poet, Artist, and anything that may involve both creativity, imagination and exploring the subconscious. These kinds of professions allow people to tap into their intuitive and subconscious selves, creating meaningful work that resonates with others.

Ultimately, the energy of the Moon invites us to explore the hidden depths of our own psyche and emotions, and to find meaningful work that aligns with our passions and values.

The Moon as advice

If you are asking the tarot for advice regarding a specific situation in your life, pulling the Moon card means that you need to be very careful. The Moon represents deception, so whatever situation you are in, be sure to watch out for false information and people who may not have your best interests at heart. 

The Moon always has symbolism of introspection. Trust your intuition and don’t be afraid to take your time or think things through. Oftentimes there is an element that is hidden that we aren’t aware of, and that is what the Moon card is trying to advise.

The Moon as a person’s intentions

If you are asking the tarot for advice regarding someone else’s specific intentions towards yourself, The Moon suggests that they are not being completely honest. This card has themes of hiding, of the subconscious, and magick or intuition.

Knowing someone is harmless but feeling intuitively that there is something not right, and potentially why you have performed this reading in the first place – I would suggest from the Moon that you need to lean more towards this intuition. They may not even be conscious of any behaviour, and if you really want them around then have a deeper discussion with them from a calm and friendly, non-accusatory tone. There is one key takeaway from tarot however when looking at other people and their intentions – if it costs you your peace, then it costs you too much. 

What zodiac sign is associated with the Moon?

The Moon tarot card is associated with the zodiac signs of Cancer and Pisces. Cancer is a water sign and is also ruled by the Moon. This makes sense, as the Moon represents feminine energy and emotions, which are often deep and complex like the ocean. 

Cancerians are known for their emotional tendencies, but they are also caring and nurturing people. If your birth date falls between June 21-July 22, then your sun sign is Cancer. The Moon tarot card is also associated with Pisces, the dreamy intuitive, and most spiritual sign of the Zodiac! 

The Moon has many elements of subconscious and mysticism that align with Pisces as a Zodiac sign, and it’s not hard to see the correlation. Pisces runs from February 18th to March 20th, and I always struggle with Pisces season personally in my magick. I’m an Aries rising and a Cardinal heavy chart so you may see why I want to work with this more for my own benefit and strength! 

The Moon typically can be found representative of any water sign including Scorpio for its energies that align (the hidden, the dark, and the emotional tides).

Is the Moon a yes or no card?

The Moon is a heavily discussed card to answer yes or no to, as it represents so many different things. Instead of thinking in terms of pure yes or no, think of the Moon as more of a warning, to use care, and to trust your intuition. 

If you are in a situation that feels deceptive or delicate, then the answer is definitely no. However, if you are innovative and looking for some guidance on your next project, then the answer may be yes, as the Moon can represent creativity and inspiration. 

I personally always read the Moon as a “no” card. 

Below are some of my interpretations, as an experienced tarot practitioner, based on different types of questions:

Querent Question: “Will I get the job?”

  • Card Interpretation: There are other forces at work here behind the scenes, and it is unlikely that this is the right job for you, even if it is offered. Focus on what you really love, what makes you feel good, and apply for a job aligned with those factors for taking advantage of jobseeking.

Querent Question: “Is this new person in my life good for me?”

  • Card Interpretation: The Moon asks you to reflect not on the other person and whether they are inherently good or particularly bad, but on how you feel about them personally. If you feel happier because of them, or if they set off alarm bells for you, then that is more of an answer rather than if they’re aligned with society’s “goodness” or “badness” standards.

Querent Question: “Will I achieve my current goals?”

  • Card Interpretation: This card placement shares with you that there may be underlying, hidden themes we are not aware of, but the conscientious ever-present aspect from the literal Moon, no matter the phase it is in, lends its support and favor here.

Querent Question: “Should I start my own business?”

  • Card Interpretation: Just like the Moon with its phases and its symbolism, there will be energy waning as well as dark moments if you start this business. Intuitively you will know if it is the right decision for you, but it’s not always an easy journey that is sunny and bright. It may indicate massive emotional leaps if you also started a business, and it calls to question whether you are ready to handle the large emotional, gravity-pull of The Moon if you choose to go ahead.

The Moon & The Minor Arcana

Suit of Pentacles

When The Moon card appears in a tarot reading alongside cards from the suit of Pentacles, the interpretation often revolves around material aspects of life, such as finances, work, and physical health. The Moon’s association with illusion and confusion can suggest it may suggest that you are being influenced by your material desires and need to pay attention to the subconscious motives behind them

Suit of Wands

In combination with the suit of Wands, The Moon tarot card takes on a different tone, primarily focusing on ambition, action, and energy. Wands are associated with inspiration, creativity, and determination, but when paired with The Moon, it may indicate that you are feeling restless and impulsive due to hidden ambitions and desires.

Suit of Cups

When The Moon appears with cards from the Suit of Cups, the focus shifts to the emotional and relational realms. Cups deal with feelings, relationships, and emotional connections. The Moon’s influence here shows emotional confusion or illusions clouding your judgement.

Suit of Swords

Lastly, when The Moon is combined with the suit of Swords, it emphasizes the realm of the intellect, communication, and decisions. Swords deal with thought processes, beliefs, and communicative interactions. In this context, The Moon can point to self-deception or hidden agendas.

Whilst none of these seems like a positive combination on the surface, they actually highlight the multidimensional aspects of living and experiences, and call us to attention to where we need to dive deeper within ourselves and trust our intuition. 

The Moon’s mysterious and insightful symbolism in our tarot readings can reveal hidden truths, and bring clarity to challenging situations. We are often advised to follow the light of the Moon, but really we should also listen closely to its whispers in the darkness.

The Moon’s appearance in other tarot cards illustration

In the traditional Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, where the Moon makes an appearance within their illustration. The presence of the moon can suggest that there may be secrets or subconscious influences at play. 

The High Priestess

For the High Priestess, her moon symbolises the hidden; whether it’s insights, cycles, secrets or psychic messaging. Like the moonlight, you need to reflect on what is in front of you. There is the fear of the shadow, a nod towards the darker sides of our spirituality and substantial lives. We are encouraged here to explore them, whether it’s through introspection, divination or shadow work. People often link Isis and Hathor to the High Priestess because of the psychic nature of their roles, both associated with the horns in moon shape, and their waxing crescent shape would suggest a time to plant ideas and to manifest. 

The Chariot

The Chariot’s moons symbolise the importance of inner strength and determination in achieving success, but also the need to keep a balance between our conscious and subconscious selves. Representing “Urim” and “Thummim”, as well as “Gedulah” and “Geburah” according to Éliphas Lévi, the two crescents on the Chariot also symbolize the duality of light and dark, masculine and feminine energies within us. This card reminds us to embrace both sides in order to move forward towards our goals. The inclusion of the Moon also symbolises the connection to the astrological sign of Cancer, which the Golden Dawn attributes to this card.

Eight of Cups

The Eight of Cups often shows a figure walking away from something or someone, signifying a need to leave behind old patterns and emotions that no longer serve them. As witches, this is where we often align our rituals for releasing with the Moon, especially when it’s regarding making a choice. This card reminds us to trust our intuition and follow our inner voice, even if it means leaving behind familiar situations.

Two of Swords

The Two of Swords depicts a person blindfolded with two swords crossed over their chest. This card can represent the need to make a difficult decision or perhaps avoid confronting an issue. The moon in this card reminds us that sometimes we must look deeper within ourselves and acknowledge our subconscious fears or doubts before making a choice.

Nine of Swords

The Nine of Swords on the blanket suggests the potential for nightmares or anxiety. The moon in this card speaks to our inner fears and doubts that may be keeping us up at night. It’s a subtle and comforting reminder to address these issues and not let them consume us. 

King Of Swords

The King of Swords is often associated with logic, reason, and intellect. However, the presence of the two crescent moons behind them shows they are keeping their strategies inward and close to them, so as to not give away an advantage. This card much like a Mentor or Guide archetype encourages us to trust our inner wisdom and intuition, even if it goes against conventional thinking.

When combined with other tarot cards

The meaning of the Moon tarot card can change based on the combination with other major arcana cards because each card has its own unique symbolism, energy, and interpretation. 

When two cards are combined, they create a new context and relationship that can alter or enhance the meaning of each individual card.

The Fool + The Moon

Indication of a new journey or adventure that is clouded by uncertainty or fear of the unknown. The Fool can be an embodiment of optimism, and the addition of the Moon here shows that there may be bigger feelings of worry and uncertainty regarding any life trips that you are on right now instead of excitement or “ready for newness”.

The Magician + The Moon

The presence of The Magician suggests that the querent may be using their intuition or psychic abilities to manifest their desires, but needs to be careful not to be deceived by illusions or false promises. Be wary of your ego, your shadow and your psyche at this time, as there may be an imbalance that could benefit from an adjustment. Whilst a situation may call for your skill and know-how to fix it, there may be factors regarding its completion you won’t necessarily be able to see.

The High Priestess + The Moon

Signifies a deepening of intuitive or spiritual insight, but also warns of the potential for self-deception or delusion. The High Priestess is a card of hidden wisdom, and when combined with the Moon it can indicate that you may be receiving messages from your subconscious mind or an unknown source. Not everything is a sign. However, it’s important to remember to stay grounded and trust yourself in order to interpret any signs correctly.

The Empress + The Moon

Together, these two can suggest multiple things: the most obvious first is a surprise pregnancy, or a pregnancy where things are not going to plan. The Empress is an abundant energy, and with the Moon’s themes of veiling, it can be hard to see what exactly is going on.

This nods towards a secondary answer, that someone close to you who is normally nurturing and caring may be struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings at this time, and it’s important to check in for mental health purposes. The third combination I’d suggest here is a blockage on creative projects, like writer’s block or artistic inspiration.

It may be a call to go back to what your ancestors would do when they are looking for inspiration – getting out into nature, cycle your energy alongside the Moon itself, and diving into the shadows of what may be the root cause of your pause in productivity.

The Emperor + The Moon

Implies a struggle to balance rationality and intuition, or a need to confront one’s own emotional vulnerabilities. The Emperor suggests that the querent will need to be logical in order to make sense of any emotional turmoil they may be going through. The presence of the Moon implies that the querent will need to look beyond the external and make sure they don’t get too clouded by their own ego or tyrannical behaviour.

The Hierophant + The Moon

Suggests a conflict between tradition or convention and personal intuition or spiritual exploration. The Hierophant may indicate the need to conform, or alternatively a feeling that it isn’t safe to go against the grain. The Moon then speaks of trusting one’s own intuition and suggests that the querent should be willing to question their beliefs in order to get closer to the truth.

The Lovers + The Moon:

Indicates a need to confront hidden fears or emotional barriers that are preventing true intimacy or connection. The Lovers card is about relationships of all kinds and the union between two people, but when combined with the Moon it speaks to a need to confront any subconscious fears or doubts that are preventing us from connecting deeper with one other.

The Chariot + The Moon

Suggests a journey or pursuit that requires a deeper level of emotional courage or insight. The Chariot is a card of movement and action, but when combined with the Moon it can indicate that there may be hidden forces or unseen obstacles.

Strength + The Moon

This combo implies a need to confront inner fears or emotional barriers in order to find themes of strength and resilience. The Strength card is all about overcoming limitations with ease and accepting that we are not perfect, but when combined with the Moon it suggests a deeper exploration of feeling with a view to understanding and mastering our own emotions. It is what lies within and to look beyond your external layers in order to understand how you can really find strength.

The Hermit + The Moon

The Hermit + Moon combo indicates a period of introspection or spiritual exploration that may be clouded by uncertainty or fear. If this is someone I’d be reading for who spends a lot of time alone, I would check in about their mental health, and see if additional support is needed.

The Wheel of Fortune + The Moon

Suggests that the querent may be going through a time of transition or change that is causing emotional turbulence or confusion. The Wheel of Fortune can indicate luck, fate and karma, but when combined with the Moon it speaks to an internal struggle and the need to trust one’s own intuition in the journeys of life cycles.

Justice + The Moon

There’s a need to confront inner fears or biases in order to achieve a more balanced perspective or decision-making process. The Justice card suggests that the querent needs to be fair and objective, but when combined with the Moon it speaks of looking at a situation through the lens of intuition and emotion in order to make a truly balanced judgement.

The Hanged Man + The Moon

The combination of the Hanged Man and The Moon suggests a period of surrender or letting go that may be clouded by uncertainty or anxiety. The spiritual element of additional learning and growth when combined with the Moon is an important one, asking us to look deeper into our own thought patterns and behaviours, and build on our wisdom from this.

Death + The Moon

Death implies a transformation or rebirth that is preceded by a period of emotional upheaval or uncertainty. A great example would be if you’d just had a breakdown in a relationship that has you moving to a new place in your life – the natural uncertainty would be acknowledge with this card combination.

Temperance + The Moon

Suggests a need to find balance and harmony between emotional and rational perspectives. The Temperance card is all about moderation, but when combined with the Moon it speaks to a need for greater understanding and introspection in order to create a better equilibrium between our inner and outer worlds.

The Devil + The Moon

Indicates a struggle with fears or addictions that may be clouding one’s judgment or sense of self. The Devil card suggests that our own worst enemy is often within, and when combined with the Moon it speaks to confronting these weaknesses in order to gain a good footing – this combination of cards would suggest we look for additional support for you.

The Tower + The Moon

Implies a period of upheaval or destruction that may be accompanied by intense emotional or psychological turmoil. The Tower card speaks to chaos and disruption, but when combined with the Moon it suggests that this is an opportunity for important or necessary changes to take place. It is a time of transformation and growth that can only occur through a degree of self-reflection and allowing for old patterns to be discarded.

The Star + The Moon

Suggests that the querent may be going through a period of spiritual or emotional growth that is accompanied by intuitive insights or dreams. The Star card speaks to hope and faith, however when combined with the Moon it points to a more internal journey of understanding – you can use this time, these dreams, and these insights to your advantage.

The Sun + The Moon

This combination is a need to balance inner and outer perspectives and to reconcile opposing forces in one’s life. Described occasionally as masculine and feminine energies, the Sun and the Moon speak to a need to reconcile opposing forces or aspects in order to gain clarity.

Judgement + The Moon

This implies a need to confront hidden fears or emotional baggage in order to move forward with clarity and purpose. Similar to Justice in the way that bias needs a closer inspection, with Judgement your morals and values may be called into question a little more – and The Moon suggests you look for resolution through a spiritual or intuitive understanding.

The World + The Moon

This combo is a completion or fulfillment that is clouded by uncertainty or anxiety regarding the next steps, but that ultimately leads to a deeper sense of understanding or integration. The World card speaks more to the success of a cycle that’s finished, and the Moon here is encouraging us to see that we are ready for our next cycle even if we don’t see that we are.

Harnessing the energy of the Moon card for spellcasting

The Moon makes a great significator card to use in spellwork relating to phases of the Moon. A significator card is a Tarot card that has been chosen specifically to represent the object of the spell – for example, if you’re doing a spell about your relationship, you might use The Lovers or the King or Queen of Cups as significator cards.

You can use The Moon as a significator during the New or Full phase of the moon for example. The New phase represents a fresh start, as it’s the beginning of the 28-day lunar cycle. Start by cleansing your space, to get rid of stagnant energies and to help make room for new.

Place The Moon tarot card on your altar, or in a place visible to you as you settle to meditate on your intentions for this new cycle, before writing them down to help them manifest in your life.

During the New phase, the moon isn’t visible in the sky, representing the breadth of possibilities of what you can call in for yourself. You can use the rest of your deck to pull some additional cards to help specify where to focus your intentions, using The Moon as the centrepiece of your spread.

During the Full phase, you can use the card in the same fashion, as a focal point as you celebrate the things you’re grateful for, that you’ve already managed to manifest for yourself. Try a gratitude list, or write a letter of thanks to yourself, expressing your positive emotions about yourself. 

Spend some time looking at the Full moon illuminating the sky, maybe have a little dance under it, and say some grateful affirmations out loud to yourself.

What does it mean to dream about this card?

The moon has always been revered for its mystical and mysterious nature. When the moon tarot card appears in your dreams, it can be a sign that there are hidden truths and subconscious emotions that need to be uncovered. The moon’s light can bring clarity to what was once shrouded in darkness, but it can also reveal the shadows within ourselves.

The moon in your dreams can also serve as a reminder to trust your intuition and tap into your divine feminine energy. Sometimes, the most powerful knowledge comes from within and doesn’t necessarily need to be grounded in facts or logic. Allow the moon to guide you on your spiritual journey and help you uncover the hidden depths within yourself.

For centuries, humans understood very little about the moon. You don’t have to spend your lifetime feeling the same way. 

What’s hidden for you? Try keeping a journal by your bed, and take notes about the themes of your dreams, the other elements that surround the moon. This can give you some clues as to what the moon is trying to shine its light on. By writing down the themes and researching elements of your dreams, you can gain a deeper understanding of what the moon is trying to convey to you.


The Moon tarot card is a powerful symbol of illusion, intuition, the subconscious, and emotional insecurity. When this card appears in your reading, it is often a sign that you may have some unresolved emotions and indicates a time of uncertainty or confusion.

Despite its association with mysticism and occultism, the tarot system has grown to become much more than a simple “fortune-telling” tool. For many tarot readers, it is a complex system made of symbolic imagery and psychological considerations (Jungian archetypes for example) that can be used for self-exploration, meditation, and personal transformation.

The 22 major arcana cards each correspond to different aspects of the human experience that are universal. They represent the different stages of the “hero’s journey” or “Fool’s Journey“: our biggest challenges and life lessons, as well as our highest aspirations and greatest potential.

Have you ever had a reading where the Moon card appeared? What was the outcome? What does the Moon mean to you personally? How do you interpret this card in your own tarot practice? Share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments below.

If you want to know more about the different tarot cards, feel free to check out our complete list of all 78 tarot cards and their meanings.

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Written By Daisy Forrest

Daisy Forrest is a queer, neurodivergent witch, astrologer and writer based in France. She is a qualified workshop organizer and space holder, who’s currently merging her passion for IFS therapy and astrology into her signature coaching offering called Selves. She’s on a journey to heal generational trauma through astrology, tarot, witchcraft, therapy and manifestation. You can find her writing about these themes on Instagram @Daisy Forrest, or her website


Updated by Lizzie Burgess

I have been reading Tarot for more than 15 years. I have always enjoyed using my intuition to provide clarity and insights to others. Tarot is one of my favorite forms of divination, and I love sharing that passion with like-minded folks.