THE MOON

MOON TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Illusion, fear, anxiety, insecurity, subconscious
Reversed: Release of fear, unhappiness, confusion

MOON TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
The Moon is the card of intuition, dreams and the unconscious. The Moon provides light as a reflection of the Sun, yet this light is dim, uncertain, and only vaguely illuminates our path as we journey toward higher consciousness. The pool at the base of the card represents the subconscious mind and the crayfish that crawls out of the pool symbolises the early stages of consciousness unfolding. This creature also represents the often disturbing images that appear from our inner depths, just as the dog and wolf at the beginning of the path represent the tamed and the wild aspects of our minds. The path leads between two towers into the mountains in the distance, showing the way to the unconsciousness. The astrological sign associated with this card is Pisces – psychic, receptive and mysterious.

UPRIGHT MOON TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Moon often represents your ‘shadow’ self. The shadow is a psychological term introduced by the late Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Carl G. Jung, and is a part of the unconscious mind consisting of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings and instincts. “Everyone carries a shadow,” Jung wrote, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is” (cited in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_%28psychology%29). According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to projection, turning a personal inferiority into a perceived moral deficiency in someone else. Thus the Moon calls your attention to your shadow, becoming consciously aware of any tendencies to project fear and anxiety onto your external surroundings, and turning it around into more positive and constructive energy.
The Moon is a psychological card of projecting fear into your present and your future, based on past experiences. The images, thoughts and feelings that you have repressed over time cause inner disturbances that are becoming overwhelming. As a result, you are now experiencing negative blocks within your personality, causing fear and anxiety. To remedy this, you need to go through a purging process whereby deep memories are released. This is a time when you need to go deep into your soul and dredge up your anxieties, fears, psychic blocks and personality disturbances. Many invisible things are coming to the surface including secret motives, clandestine information and ancient hidden truths. These newly discovered resources may confuse you but once they are brought to your awareness, they will no longer haunt you.
The Moon is a card of illusion and deception, and therefore often suggests a time when something is not as it appears to be. Vigilance and clear perception will be necessary to find that which is hidden before it is too late. If other cards in the reading are negative, then the Moon shows that not all is as wonderful as you would think and there are still hidden forces at play that may unravel your success. You may be idealising the situation, and ignoring the fact that potential for failure exists among success. If the other cards are generally positive, then the Moon suggests that you are letting your imagination run away with you, and that things are not nearly as bad as they seem. In both cases you must open your eyes and see what it really going on. Guard against accepting illusions as they may cause an error in your judgement.
Oftentimes, the Moon appears in a reading when you are not sure of your destination, or even of the path you are travelling but you travel nonetheless. You may have lost your way and are now left to walk in the dark, guided only by your inner light and intuition. You need to go on without a clear picture of where you are, where you are going or where you have been. The Moon is a card of intuition and psychic forces, so let go of your conscious mental blocks or negative self-talk, and allow your intuition to guide you. Your dreams, intuitions, and inner promptings lead you forward toward higher levels of understanding if you listen carefully and use your judgement to help interpret the veiled messages of the unconscious. Not only will the way forward be revealed but in many cases you will learn lessons about yourself that will be valuable in later journeys.

REVERSED MOON TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Moon reversed indicates that you have recently experienced a time of self-deception, illusion, fears and anxiety but these negative energies are beginning to subside. You may have also been dealing with some deeper emotional issues that have previously been sitting beneath the surface. While this has created some discomfort and turmoil as you deal with these deeper issues, you are starting to feel as if a weight has been lifted and that you can be less fearful and anxious about your life situation. You are beginning to work through your inner fears and anxieties, understanding the impact that these have on your life and how you can eventually free yourself from these limiting beliefs. This can be a wonderfully liberating and transformational experience.
A reversed Moon may indicate a fundamental unhappiness with your present situation but also confusion over what else you could do and what you really want to do. It may be that you believe that what you really want to do with your life is impractical or unrealistic, or your past experiences in life have convinced you that you are stuck with what you have and it is too late to change now. These emotional issues are preventing you from moving forward. To overcome this, it is essential to confront your innermost fears and assumptions to gain self-confidence and direction. You need to believe in yourself and know that it is possible to create balance in your life. You may also find that your dreams provide you with important clues as to what direction you need to take. Pay attention to the subtle, subconscious messages that come to you in this way.
The Moon reversed can highlight that you are in a more psychic and intuitive phase than usual, however the feelings that you are getting may be confusing and easily misinterpreted. It may be that when you draw Tarot cards for yourself and come up with one interpretation, you then draw them again, only to see something completely different! Nonetheless, do not ignore the messages you are getting. Take note of them and perhaps come back to them later when you are feeling clearer about your situation.

THE MOON

The Moon Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Intuition, illusion, dreams, vagueness, instability, deception, anxiety, fear, misconception, subconscious, insecurity

General meaning and interpretation
The general meaning of The Moon Tarot card in an upright position is that everything is not as it seems. It is also the Major Arcana Tarot card of intuition. The Moons tells you that something about a situation or person in your life is not what it appears to be and you need to trust what your instincts are telling you in order to see past this illusion. The Moon also indicates that you should pay attention to your dreams as your subconscious may be bringing your attention to some information you’ve missed. The Moon can also signify that you are letting your anxiety or fear overwhelm you which may be having a negative effect on your outlook and causing you to suffer from mood swings, instability or insecurity. It can also represent a woman’s menstrual cycle. The Moon can also signify dormant insecurities or repressed issues resurfacing. The Moon Tarot card can represent underhanded or dodgy deals or illegal behaviour. If it appears in this context it is a warning to clean your act up before your behaviour is exposed. If you are awaiting a decision on something, The Moon indicates that the answer will either be delayed or be so vague it will add to your confusion rather than clarify matters.

Health
In a Health context, The Moon can signify mental health issues. It can be an indicator of anxiety disorders and depression. The Moon may also be telling you to trust your instincts in relation to your health. If you feel you have an underlying health problem, go get a check-up and push for as many tests as you need to get to the bottom of what’s affecting you. For women, The Moon can indicate a health issue relating to the menstrual cycle or being affected by a hormonal imbalance in some way.

Love & Relationships
If you are in a relationship, The Moon Tarot card in a love Tarot reading can indicate that you may be feeling uncertain or insecure in the relationship. If your relationship looks fine to the outside world, The Moon can show that things are not as perfect as they seem. There may be miscommunication in the relationship. There could be a lot of arguments or old issues or insecurities coming to the surface. It can also signify deception, but don’t jump to conclusions if you see it in your Tarot reading. Stay calm and wait until the facts of the matter become clearer. If you are single, The Moon can indicate deceit around you or that you may be being conned. If you are dating, be mindful that this person’s intentions may not be as honourable as they seem or you may not have all the facts about them yet. It indicates that there is some piece of information that is yet to reveal itself.

Money & Career
With The Moon Tarot card appearing in a career context, you may be very unclear or even anxious about your career direction. There may be miscommunication between you and your colleagues or superiors in a work context which could cause problems or misunderstandings. Alternatively, someone may be holding information back from you and you may not have all the facts you need to make a decision. In terms of finance, The Moon indicates that you should be wary of undertaking investments or any big financial gambles as you may not have all the facts you need to make an informed decision. It can also indicate that someone may be purposely deceiving you to con you out of money. Don’t be overly paranoid but do trust your instincts, if it feels like it’s too good to be true it probably is!

Spirituality
The Moon in a spiritual context is a great card to get as it’s all about intuition. If you are interested in psychic development or healing work, you will find everything flows really naturally for you and you are open to receiving messages from spirit with this card in your Tarot reading. Pay attention to your dreams and any thoughts, visions or gut feelings you have, your spirit guides may be trying to tell you something important! Some quiet time and meditation would be helpful here.
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The Moon Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Releasing fear, unveiling secrets, subsiding anxiety, truth, regaining composure, self-deception, blocked intuition

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context The Moon Tarot card reversed can signify releasing fears or negative energy clearing. It can also indicate secrets or lies being exposed. If you have been experiencing fear or anxiety it should begin to subside. If you have lost something, The Moon reversed is a sign you will find it. This Major Arcana card may also be an indication of self-deception or delusions. You may be kidding yourself about your role in creating your current circumstances or you may be struggling to separate your own deception or fantasies from reality. The Moon reversed can also indicate that any depression or mental health issues you have been having will begin to lift and you will begin to see the light again. You will work through any repressed issues or insecurities to find new confidence and clarity. If you have been awaiting a decision on something, The Moon reversed indicates that you will get an answer or clarity on the matter.

Health
The Moon reversed can be a positive card in relation to health issues as it can indicate lifting of mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. However, it can also be an indicator of being unable to separate reality from fantasy and as such, if the supporting cards are negative, it can indicate an illness involving delusions or paranoia becoming worse. Generally in a health context The Moon reversed shows stability returning to your health in general. If you have been awaiting the results of health test or had issues with waiting for a diagnosis, you will soon get clarity on what is causing health problems for you.

Love & Relationships
If you are in relationship, The Moon reversed can indicate deception or lies being unveiled. This could be an affair being exposed. It can also simply be an indication of the truth of your relationship coming to light. Perhaps you have been deceiving yourself about the current state of the relationship or blinding yourself to certain things about your partner. If so, The Moon reversed shows that you will see your partner’s true character or the truth about your relationship. If you are single, The Moon reversed can be an indicator that you are starting to regain your composure and self-confidence after a period of uncertainty. It can also be an indicator that you may be ignoring signs or your instincts that a potential partner is not suitable for you. An example of this would be noticing warning signs that the person you’re dating is married or involved but ignoring the signs because you don’t want to believe it.

Money & Career
In a career context, if you work in an artistic or creative field, The Moon reversed can indicate a creative block such as writer’s block. In a general career context, it can indicate that any uncertainty or instability that you’ve been experiencing in your career will begin to stabilise. If you have been unclear about your career path recently, this Major Arcana card can signify that things will start to become clearer and you will feel more confident about your direction. Financially, if you have been confused about how to manage your finances, this may start to become clearer. However, The Moon in a reversed position can be a sign that deception is being or is about to be exposed so if your gut instincts tell you not to invest or commit money to something, listen to them and wait for the information you are missing to be revealed.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, The Moon reversed can indicate that you are blocking, ignoring or misinterpreting the messages spirit is trying to give you. It can be a sign that you are not tuning into your psychic powers or that your intuition is clouded. The intuitive or psychic ability of the upright Moon is still there when this card appears, you just need to tune into it!