Tarot Cards Meanings - Major Arcana - The Moon - meaning in detail

The Moon (La Lune) - tarot card meaning in detail

The Moon The ruler of the Flux & Reflux; The Child of the Sons of the Mighty

Card Number: 18
Key Number: 29
Rulership: Pisces
Hebrew Letter: Qoph
Translation: The Back of the Head
Numerical Value: 12
Astrological Associations: Cancer

Full Meaning

The Moon is a card that represents two alternatives. You can either be sucked in to the stream of uncertainty, strangeness and weirdness that may presently appear to be in your surroundings; or you can hop onto your boat and float your way through it; all using the strength and wisdom of your inner being. This card is symbolic of needing to listen to your inner voice and take notice of it. When the Moon card appears in your spread it brings with it a caution that you should not take things at face value because much deeper things may be hidden from your view.

You will be able to find all of the answers that you require as long as you pay attention to that little inner voice in your head, namely your intuition. For those already in a relationship, then this card brings with it a sense of urgency to resolve any conflicts or issues. When this card appears then always listen to your subconscious. Now could be a particularly creative period for you and you need to harness that creative energy to a positive end. Try to steer clear of indulging too heavily in things like smoking and alcohol etc. as this will only inhibit you in your decision making. Listen to your intuitive dreams as they are trying to guide you.

Traditional Symbolism

The distinction between this card and some of the conventional types is that the moon is increasing on what is called the side of mercy, to the right of the observer. It has sixteen chief and sixteen secondary rays. The card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit. The path between the towers is the issue into the unknown. The dog and wolf are the fears of the natural mind in the presence of that place of exit, when there is only reflected light to guide it. The last reference is a key to another form of symbolism. The intellectual light is a reflection and beyond it is the unknown mystery which it cannot shew forth. It illuminates our animal nature, types of which are represented below--the dog, the wolf and that which comes up out of the deeps, the nameless and hideous tendency which is lower than the savage beast. It strives to attain manifestation, symbolized by crawling from the abyss of water to the land, but as a rule it sinks back whence it came. The face of the mind directs a calm gaze upon the unrest below; the dew of thought falls; the message is: Peace, be still; and it may be that there shall come a calm upon the animal nature, while the abyss beneath shall cease from giving up a form.

The Moon summary.

The Moon Card illustration.

The Major Arcana suit.