What does the moon tarot card mean?

Main image for The Moon

The moon is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.


The Moon, unsurprisingly, has a large, full moon which is positioned between two towers. The Moon is a very spiritual card and is connected to dreams and the subconscious. Two figures, that of a dog and a wolf, are sat howling at the moon. These represent the two sides of our mind; the tame, controlled side, and the wild, animal side.


The Moon represents our innermost thoughts, feelings, dreams, and fears. Drawing this card suggests that you are projecting your inner fears onto your present and future life, and this is preventing you from living your life to the full. This card also suggests that you are trying to bury painful memories or experiences and not deal with them. However, the longer you suppress pain, the worse it eventually is when it inevitably resurfaces. You may be struggling to make a decision because you feel like you don’t have all the facts. If this is true, trust your intuition and you won’t go wrong.

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Moon suggests that you are coming to the end of a period of fear and anxiety, and are heading into calmer waters. Your vision is clearing and you are able to see things more positively and work through your fears to move forward in a positive direction. You are likely feeling a stronger connection to your intuition and the spiritual world. It’s a good idea to strengthen these links through meditation. Pay close attention to your dreams as these are strong messages from your subconscious, and may be telling you what it is you want out of life.

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