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What Does the Moon Card Mean in Tarot?

The Moon, Major Arcana XVIII
One big beautiful word. Femininity. If the Moon card appears in your general overview/life reading, your feminine heart is seeking your attention. To be sexually mature and spiritually wise, we need to listen to our deepest heart and let it take the lead. Under all circumstances. Bring feminine love to our lovemaking and to our approach to life. Soften. Be more open.

But we live in a man’s world, as the saying goes. When the sun is out, our lives are ruled by excessive masculine energy – traffic, honking, stressful environments, extended periods of fight-or-flight highs, greed, and loss of empathy in general.

This masculine energy is unhealthy - collectively, we tried to correct this by fighting to give women more power. Given our misogynist history, this is an amazing development. Everyone should be equal. But being equal doesn’t mean being the same.

As Western women (and men who associate with feminine energy), we have learned to be self-reliant, successful and self-confident. But some of us also developed hard shells – as a bonus. To assert ourselves in an unhealthy outside world, we have become defensive about our amazing feminine nature, instead of accepting and cherishing it. We pushed it to the depths of our subconscious.

When the moon comes up and we put our head on the pillow, we feel a deep yearning. Our dreams hurt. Sometimes there’s that tear that admits the wound, but we hide it from the world. Tarot’s Moon card comes to us to remind us of our soft, deep, yearning-to-be-open feminine heart. It’s a gentle call. Gentle but powerful.

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What Does the Moon Tarot Card Mean for Love?

The Moon card in a love life reading points at a subconscious desire to change. Where you are – whether single or in a relationship – isn’t healthful to your deepest nature. You are not receiving enough nourishment and there’s buried sadness in you about this.

The Moon doesn’t mean starting active, heated arguments. Look at the animals in the card – they are not fighting. Facing the full moon, the dog and the wolf are howling together.

“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species.”


Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves

Dogs come from wolves – so to adapt to our demanding world, you may have left your wolf nature behind, and become an obedient dog. As much as dogs are beautiful and sweet, archetypally they don’t represent the wild feminine nature. Inside you’re a wolf! The crayfish in the card symbolizes your fear to “go back to your roots” – to become a woman who runs with the wolves.

Your relationship isn’t supporting your deepest needs. Perhaps you’re fulfilling a role (symbolized by the dog), or you are drowning in chores that never end to avoid what’s really bothering you (water – emotions, crayfish – fear, transforming from dog to wolf). Your moon – your feminine spirit – is crying. There are fifteen teardrops in the card – Tarot’s number fifteen is the Devil and it means familial and cultural conditionings.

The Moon doesn’t mean that a breakup is on the horizon. But it does mean it is time to transform how you live your life and how you bond with your partner. You can talk with your partner or consult an advisor. Do something. And do it now.

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What Does the Moon Reversed in Tarot Mean?

The Moon reversed means you have closed your ears to your soul’s calling. Your inner creatures are howling to no avail. Your tears create stale lakes when they could create mighty rivers. Your sadness turns to grief, and you give up on your dreams.

“Don't waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success. Listen, learn, go on.”


Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Sometimes to embrace the present, we need to grieve a past that wasn’t as good as it could be. We grieve our soul losses – time, ways of being, a failed relationship, the desires we gave up on. But after grieving comes a clean slate – starting over again. So if the moon shows up in your reading reversed, take some time to grieve lost opportunities. Be there for yourself, honor your feelings.

Zodiacal Association

The Moon card is associated with Pisces. Zodiac’s most sensitive, dreamy sign. Pisceans are known to have psychic abilities – they are good at connecting with the depths of psyches. Which is exactly what the Moon card asks you to do: connect with the forgotten, unheard parts of your own psyche.

When a Tarot card is associated with a zodiac sign, it may represent someone in your life whose sign is that. But more often than not, it represents your inner energies. In the Moon’s case, it represents a gentle approach. An awakening of your inner truth after your darkest hour. No need to fight – just be aware that of the horizon. Open your eyes, ears and heart. Move with calm intention. The sun will rise.

Embody the soft Piscean energy and open your self to new possibilities. Pisces is associated with feminine polarity – for true maturity, be the woman you’re meant to be. The only role you need to fulfill is the one you choose.

by Kasamba staff

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