The Moon Tarot Card Meaning (Card 18)

Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira

Co-authored by James Kerti

What does The Moon tarot card mean?

The Moon is fundamentally a card about misunderstanding. Something remains unclear, making it hard to discern fantasy from reality.

This major arcana card commonly pops up when your fears have been getting the best of you, leading to anxiety that is causing you to miss the truth of the situation in front of you. There may be some “lunacy” at play.

Since each lunar cycle lasts for 27 days, The Moon tarot card is often a sign that this situation will take around a month to resolve.

The Moon tarot card:

  • warns fear and anxiety can cloud our minds and keep us from seeing what’s really there.
  • encourages you to tune in to your intuition, see what you might be missing.
  • can also have a connection with dreams. If you feel like you might be receiving some deeper meaning via dreams or the subconscious realm, The Moon suggests that there’s something to it.

What is The Moon zodiac sign?

The zodiac sign of The Moon is Pisces

The Moon Tarot Guide

Keywords for The Moon: Anxiety, illusion, fear, intuition, uncertainty, confusion, subconscious

Yes or No: No

Planet of The Moon: Neptune

Element of The Moon: Water

What does The Moon card mean in a love reading?

When you draw The Moon in a love reading, frequent misunderstandings may be disrupting your romantic life.

If you’re in a relationship, you and your partner may be struggling to communicate. Heightened emotions are at the core of the clash, especially fear and anxiety. There’s potential for you to talk this out, if you are willing to listen and be compassionate. However, if you’ve reached an impasse, a wise outside party (like a couple’s therapist) may bring the sound support you need.

Sometimes, you just need space in order to see a situation clearly. The Moon card suggests that taking a month (one moon cycle) apart may be healing for your relationship.

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What does The Moon tarot card mean for career, money and finance?

The Moon in a career or money reading indicates confusion in this area of life. Perhaps you are struggling with an assignment or dealing with a fear of failure. Coworker communication may be muddled.

Fears about money or a scarcity mindset may be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Take time to ground yourself in reality by reviewing bank and credit card statements, getting clarity around expenses and creating a budget. If you are nervous about your earnings or increased lifestyle expenses, face your fears and get clear on the actual numbers. You may discover that things are not as bad as your worries.

Although your work environment may be chaotic, The Moon more specifically points to your internal state. Rather than going along with consensus, tune in to your intuition. You may have a breakthrough solution about how to handle a project. (This may take a month—or one moon cycle—to deploy.) Be sure to communicate as clearly as you can with others.

What does The Moon tarot card mean for health?

As a card that connects closely with feelings, The Moon may point to challenges with your mental or emotional health. You may be experiencing something that is making it hard for you to see things in your life clearly. This major arcana card sometimes pops up when anxiety or depression are persistent issues.

Stress is one of the major causes of disease. The appearance of The Moon may be a red flag to dial down anxiety-provoking habits or pull back from situations that trigger stress. If that’s not possible, meditation or a calming fitness practice like yoga or dance can help.

The Moon Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning

While The Moon still relates to a period of confusion and not seeing things clearly, when it appears in reverse it suggests that you’re starting to get a handle on the situation.

If you’re been putting in the work to find more clarity and stability with whatever has been weighing on you, The Moon reverse encourages you that you’re making progress. You’re moving in the direction of understanding, and even being able to communicate from that place.

Is The Moon tarot card a yes or no?

The Moon is a no because it deals with confusion and illusion. There are challenges here.

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