Card meanings: The moon


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The moon really got a bad rap in the Tarot. When the Tarot was invented, and during its major revisions over the centuries, the moon (“luna”) was “known,” by scientific minds at of the time, to cause mental illness; hence the long-standing association of the moon with lunacy (insanity in all its forms). You can blissfully ignore all of this if you want to use The Moon in your magical or meditative workings to illustrate the moon (the one in the sky). For complete information on this card including how to use it to manifest your desires please try out a copy of The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!!

 

The Moon — Rider Deck Blue Box The Moon : Description: A combination moon (both crescent and full) looks down on a wolf, a dog, and a lobster (“So a wolf, a dog, and a lobster walk into a bar . . .”) with two fortress towers standing guard over the path that leads straight from “Mr. Lobster” to the distant mountains. Moonlight yods fall to the ground, symbolizing the rain of ethereal moonlight energy. It is more important to “get to know” your Moon card and decide exactly what it means to you on a regular basis than it is to keep looking for answers from other authors.

This card is not necessarily negative, but many authors believe it so. Decide for yourself how you feel about The Moon.

Esoteric interpretation: The moon really got a bad rap in the Tarot. When the Tarot was invented, and during its major revisions over the centuries, the moon (“luna”) was “known,” by scientific minds at of the time, to cause mental illness; hence the long-standing association of the moon with lunacy (insanity in all its forms). You can blissfully ignore all of this if you want to use The Moon in your magical or meditative workings to illustrate the moon (the one in the sky).

If, however, you want to harness the handy stockpile of thought-energy (the galvanic psychic battery of long-standing collective belief) this card represents, then look at the moon (the one in the sky) as “reflected sunlight” of various quality—amount and filtration, such as clouds, pollution, depth of atmosphere, that being your current altitude—and, therefore, an imitation of the source: unpure, diluted, and deceptive. If you really want to have fun with this, do all of your magical work left-handed (sinister) and walk backwards if you can do so without falling over or bumping into stuff.

Traditional meaning: (mostly negative, really) Confusion. Deception (see above), hidden enemies, lies, illusions, alcoholism, drug use, addiction of any kind, hysteria (specifically), indigestion and/or heartburn. Rumors: watch your back at work or in close-knit social circles. Is someone you know talking behind your back? It is especially important to verify this (through aspecting cards) before you start making accusations.

Also: mysteries, paranoia, unfounded accusations. Denial. Less overtly negative associations: menstruation, psychic powers, detective work, occult powers, secret organizations, seafood (yes, really—especially shellfish), issues associated with the breast or stomach, maternity (look for verification of pregnancy, or pregnancy issues in related cards and/or in aspecting and clarifying cards). This card can also portend romance if it is positively aspected by a positive Cups card, and possibly Coins as well. Also: poetry, creative inspiration, romantic locations and activities. This is another card of the “subconscious mind,” whereas The Sun is the “conscious.”

Traditional reversed meaning: Deception revealed. Light is shined on the denizens of the darkness (and don’t expect them to be happy about it!). It’s not so much a time of “Truth” as much as it is the end of a time of deception and trouble. Someone very bad for you leaves your life. You leave a crappy job. This also could indicate kicking bad habits, ending (or strongly minimizing—and thus controlling) harmful addictions.

These (above) all assume a negative Moon card association. If your standard Moon card association is a positive one, then reversed this card would be an ending or a removal of/separation from something positive in your life, most likely a gentle, nurturing source of security, romance, love, and quiet support. (In a man’s chart this might indicate the divorce of a good wife. The entire spread would have to point to this—but this is an example for consideration.)

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