Moon Tarot Card Meanings

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Moon tarot card meanings
Moon: Creativity

Moon Tarot Card Meanings
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The Moon tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The Moon tarot card can mean:


Imagination running high.

Strong and vivid dreams.

Intuition pushing forward.

Unknown territory.

Fear and phobia. 

Uncertain reality.


Following your instincts.

Wanting to hide from the world.


Treasures disguised as monsters.



Imagination blocked.


Symbolism in Moon tarot card

The Moon represents cycles, patterns and emotions. The Moon is rising between two towers, the same two towers seen in the distance on the Death card. The towers in the Death card were on the other side of the water. Now the towers are on the same side symbolising that we now have crossed over and found ourselves in unknown territory. The Moon symbolises a time for rest and preparation while we wait for the Sun to rise again. The two towers also represent our left and right hemisphere of our brain. The path leads in the middle of the towers symbolising the balance between our intuitive and logical brain. The Moon is engulfed by a giant sun, reminding us that the Moon is the reflection of the Sun upon it. This symbolises our reality being out of reach as we only experience its echo. The Moon’s light is dim and it’s hard to see clearly. The lobster symbolises the influence the Moon has on our emotions, especially our primal needs. The water symbolises our subconscious. The dog and the wolf represent our tamed and wild nature, the polarity of our mind. The face on the moon is reflecting displeasure. The path twists and turns symbolising our instinct guiding us, rather than the straight forward thinking of our intellect. The Moon is ruled by Pisces.

Moon tarot card and Astrology

The Moon is ruled by Pisces. Pisces is ruled by Neptune. Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac. Here we find all things in life that we most want to avoid, so we push them deeper into the depths of the subconscious in the hope that we can avoid them entirely. Neptune is the planet for mystery and illusions. It is understood to determine mankind’s destiny and increase conscious awareness. It urges us to practice compassion towards others and to deal with our fears that stop us from being kind towards ourselves and others. Neptune symbolises everything that is soft, sensitive and imaginative. It prompts from escapism from realities of life. On a positive note, it is highly creative. Industries such as film, television, fashion and theatre are all under Neptune’s influence. If poorly aspected it denotes hiding from the world, and exaggerated, confused state of being. hypersensitivity and paranoia are the negative sides of Neptune’s influence.

Moon tarot card meanings upright

Moon in a general reading

The Moon tarot card represents illusions, intuition, fantasies, fears and anxiety. When the Moon tarot card appears things might not be quite as they seem. Your insecurities might be running high or you find yourself on the receiving end of other people’s insecurities. The Moon also shows up when dreams and intuitive messages are very strong, some might feel they are slipping into mental confusion and find it harder to concentrate. The Moon comes with great gifts of creativity and imagination, and you might be drawn to mystery and even dark adventures. The Moon tarot card is here to remind us that our reality is ruled by our beliefs.  When we get in touch with ourselves we get in touch with our creativity.

Hint to the reader: The Moon often shows up in a reading when there are a lot of creative energies storing up inside the seeker. This energy must come out in a constructive way. Ask the seeker what they would learn if learning was only to benefit their soul, not to get them a job or a pay rise. There is a desire inside the seeker to be creative, but it has nothing to do with the practicality of life. It has to do with nurturing the soul.

Moon in a love reading

In a love reading, the Moon tarot card denotes being in love with love and being in relationships as a way to mend a previously broken heart. If the Seeker is single, the Moon can denote secret love or even a dangerous romance.

Moon in a career reading 

In a career reading, the Moon tarot card signifies working at night time. The Moon can also denote a detective. If you are a creative person, the Moon speaks of writing jobs and career in the arts. Sometimes the Moon also means you can achive passive income.

The Moon as feelings

The Moon speaks of feelings of confusion and the Seeker could be feeling in the dark about changes in their life. There is a new way of looking at things that will bring the Seeker clarity. The Moon speaks of love that is clouded by fear or fear disguised as love. Either way, the Seeker is unsure how they are feeling. They could be under someone’s manipulation. A belief system might not be working for the Seeker and they need to take a fresh look at how they perceive reality.

If you are asking about how someone is feeling about you, Moon denotes this person is confused and unsure. They could be feeling moody and internalise their feelings, only wanting to deal with the practical aspects of life. This person wants to know where they stand and what is going on before they can let their guards down.

Learn what the Moon tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Moon tarot card

Moon tarot card denotes someone who is mysterious, receptive and intuitive. They are very empathetic and tend to absorb their environment like a sponge, getting lost in those around them. Many exhibit amazing artistic abilities and psychic gifts. Moon people need to face their fears so they can grow stronger and more confident. They don’t always tell you the truth as they fear others reactions. There has often been a lot of manipulation and game playing in this person’s life which keeps them on their toe. Moon people are also great manipulators and liars if need to be. They have problems with trust.

Moon tarot card meanings
Moon: Creativity

Moon tarot card meanings reversed

Moon tarot card reversed indicates primitive forces at play and a dark night of the soul. Intuition and creativity are blocked, a sexual block is also possible. There is a need to lock out the wilderness. Total chaos is held at bay by measures such as medication, institutions, prisons, locks and fences. Crime is prevented, but not stopped. The Moon often shows up reversed when there are madness and riots, turmoil and addiction. Primitive forces are in power and anarchy rules. For artists, this card shows up when they are no longer in their creative flow and are unable to focus and channel their energies effectively.

Personality types in reversed Moon tarot card

The Moon tarot card reversed denotes someone who is lost in some kind of madness, often due to not allowing their creative abilities to surface. There might be pressure to conform which is the last thing a Moon person can handle. They are individuals who follow their instincts, rather than rules and guidelines. This is someone in the midst of a faith crisis, especially if they repress their psychic abilities. They lose themselves in a web of lies and hidden agendas, and must embrace their own inner light to be balanced.

Hint to the reader: When the Moon shows up reversed the seeker has often neglected their ability to wonder and to tap into their imagination. The seeker has a sharp intellect which they are ruled under. They think they already know everything and end up with limited life experiences. There is no adventure, no magic. 

Moon Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including The Moon:

The Moon(XVIII) + The Magician: Creative industries. A mystery.

The Moon(XVIII) + The High Priestess: A muse. 

The Moon(XVIII) + The Chariot: A boat. Creative journey. Astral travel.

The Moon(XVIII) + Judgement: A creative calling. Working in tv, film, radio, fashion. A writer. 

The Moon(XVIII) + The World: Social anxiety. Dreaming about success. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Three of cups: Creative friends. Art Exhibitions. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Seven of cups: Digital art. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Page of cups: An audition. A job interview. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Knight of cups: A bachelor. A salesman. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Queen of cups: A writer. Writing talents. Interior designs. 

The Moon(XVIII) + King of cups: A designer. Movie director. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Ace of swords: Conspiracy theory. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Three of swords: Painful relationship. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Five of swords: Harassment. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Page of swords: A spy. Spying on others. 

The Moon(XVIII) + King of swords: Mental health specialist. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Ace of wands: A creative idea. The writer’s pen.

The Moon(XVIII) + Five of wands: Drawings. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Seven of wands: Teaching arts. 

The Moon(XVIII) + King of wands: Acting. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Ace of pentacles: Selling art. Feeling fragile. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Five of pentacles: Suffering for your art. Feeling bad about yourself. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Six of pentacles: Acting talent. A documentary. A script. 

The Moon(XVIII) + Nine of pentacles: A creative garden. A creative holiday. An artistic and confident person. 

Moon tarot card meanings summary

The Moon tarot card shows up to remind us that our reality is ruled by our beliefs. Each and one of us can change their reality by changing their thoughts. When we do this we get clarity. When we get clarity we become more creative. Our souls long to be expressed in artistic ways; such as through paintings, drawings and writings. The Moon encourages us to explore our artistic souls through our physical experience on Earth. The Moon pushes our imaginations to run free, so when this card shows up in your reading things may not be as they appear.  

Learn what the Moon tarot card means as a final card in a love reading. 

32 thoughts on “Moon Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. Hi. I am new to tarot and it has been so helpful in understanding various situations.
    I would like to know if a man will get back in touch with me again? We recently stopped talking. I can’t seem to understand what he is thinking. Thanks a lot for this!

  2. Hi. I feel the cards are telling you that a major transformation is coming and you might feel you are going to be less secure than what you are used to, however, this has got to do with your growth and personal achievement.

  3. Hi Inger,

    Thank you so much for providing analysis of card combinations, they’re extremely helpful and helps put things into perspective (especially when I have no idea what they mean lol)!

    For the overall month of July these cards came out.

    Overview – The Moon (reversed)
    The High Priestess
    The Empress (reversed)
    Justice (reversed)

    I would love to know your interpretation of these card combinations. Thank you once again!

  4. Take a step back this month and follow your intuition and to let your instincts guide you as other people’s action this month will seem unfair and out of character.

  5. can i ask your assistance

    what does the following combination sound to you as got touble interpreting, quetion was will he return back to restart afresh:
    current influence around got 10 of pentacles, the fool and the high priest (reversed)
    advice/outcme was: 3of pentacles, moon(reversed) and 3 of swords
    seems i got a clarifier missing ???

  6. Hi, can you tell me what means moon, two cups, three cups and temperance? He is married and the question is whether we will be in a secret love relationship. thank you for your time

  7. Hi Inger!

    I would truly appreciate your interpretation of these card combinations as they have been extremely helpful!

    I got the Moon (reversed) but it was clarified with the:
    3 of Pentacles (reversed)
    2 of Pentacles.

    We thank you for taking time to help interpret these cards for us.

  8. Hi. This is very interesting because when you get a card reversed, it can often become the card before, so in your case, you actually have 2 of pentacles twice. The cards do this to empathize the significance of this card, 2 of pentacles. The moon reversed actually becomes the star. It is still the moon, but it also has a lot of star meaning in it. I feel this speaks of your future and being creative. A situation could have been difficult, and the way you will heal is doing the things that make you feel alive; such as your hobbies and learning about what truly interests you. 2 of pentacles also speaks of having literacy skills, and that is another meaning also of the Moon, so journaling, writing will also be very helpful right now. In career, people might not be what they seem, so you could be changing work as well. A lot of people will come into your life I feel, and I feel you will really put yourself out there in a very creative way, and you will get recognition.

  9. I asked about my relationship with my boyfriend and i got the 8 of cups, the ace of swords reversed and the moon. Can you please tell me what that means.
    Thx fo your time Inger

  10. Hi, the moon often shows up when there is a shadow over a situation that confuses us, and this is also why you get the ace of swords reversed. I feel there is need for a renew and you need to communicate more clearly with each other. You could be very worried about getting hurt and this can create the confusion you are feeling. I feel your boyfriend is a very independent person and this can confuse to think he does not care, while he is just a very self-reliant person. I feel things will soon improve in your relationship.

  11. Regarding a relationship, what does the following mean?

    I’ve been reading them but I get mixed interpretations:

    1- Page of Swords
    2- The moon
    3- King of Pentacles

  12. I pulled a past, present and future card regarding my relationship: 7 of Wands, 7 of Swords and The Moon. Any thoughts? Thank You.

  13. Hi. This card combination speaks of your different personality, and you are intrigued by each other because you are very different. Page of swords is quirky and very naturally gifted at almost everything. The Moon hints at strong creative traits that could be explored further. King of pentacles speaks of a more practical and conservative person, and I feel the differences in your personalities match very well and you could achieve a lot together.

  14. Hi, I feel there are some changes in your life that will bring you more security. Things will change to be more aligned with who you are on a spiritual level. You are asking all the big questions now. Think of the big picture and the kind of life you want to live right now. You are two very independent people and what will keep you close is being on the spiritual path together. Talk about the deeper things and bond through deep and soulful conversations.

  15. Dear Inger! I pulled five cards to see someone’s emotional dinamycs towards me, but its difficult to understand: High Priestess, Ace of Cups, 8 of Wands, Moon, 5 of Swords. Perhaps the first three cards are about a psycic love, but the last two cards scared me. The Moon + Five of swords: Harassment. What’s your oppinion? Ia there any possibility that this inner psycic love hurts or disturbs him? HS

  16. There is an emotional connection between you, but he needs to face a fear inside of him, I think it is a fear of abandonment. I also feel he wants changes in his life where he can use more of his natural skills and abilities.

  17. Dear Inger!Somehow my questions are failed,therefore i ask you again.
    What kind of relationship wants from me my Love (we brought up in April,and we didnt talk,communicate at all till nowadays).The answer was:1.)King of pentacles 2.)The Moon 3.) Empress
    My second question was,what does he feels to me?-1.)5 of wands 2.)Fool 3.)King of Pentacles.
    Whats your opinion,please Tell me.Thank so much.Viola

  18. Hello Inger,
    It’s me Dulce again , I hope you don’t mind as I am learning a whole bunch from you. And practice makes perfect.
    This time I asked the cards about a guy who I was talking to 5 years ago. I always had a strong connection to him, my intuition once told me to talk to him, hard to believe but it’s true. It’s weird because i knew he liked me but I wasn’t always confident about it since he was always a bit wishy washy. Like he was sort of scared to admit it to me or something. It’s honestly a long story. Anywho about a year ago we had both been dumped by our ex’s. He doesn’t live in the same city as I, but his family does. My ex broke up with me and a week later the guy in my questions shows up unexpectedly at a jazz lounge in my city. We hung out shortly after that and he started texting me again and we shared music. As of a couple of months ago he stopped.
    I asked the cards if he thinks of me and if there is any miss communication and if there is should I talk to him. The last card is if I do will it lead to something.
    I got the moon reversed/9 of cups upright/sun upright.
    My intake is that he sometimes does and that there is some miss communication and that I should talk to him.
    What is your intake on it? I want to see if I am improving.
    Thank you so much for reading my long post :)
    Hope to hear from you.

  19. Since you got King of pentacles twice, was money an issue in your relationship? I also feel there is a lack of trust, especially since you got King of pentacles next to the Moon card. I also feel this person could return to your country soon. I feel there will be some ups and down and you will work at your relationship. But there might be some miscommunication along the way.

  20. Hi. Your cards also indicate that he might have a secret and/or not told the whole truth. Are you absolutely sure he was dumped by his ex? I feel there is a woman in his life and she could be the ‘ex’.

  21. I recently found out by a friend of his that he has a new girl in his life. So I’m thinking it’s the new girl. It’s okay, I actually feel a lot better now that I know the truth. I feel the Sun is also there for me to smile and move on.
    Thank you Inger!

  22. Dear Inger!Thanks for your answer.The truth is,that my Love’s mother told him,that i have a new relationship,which is not true.She just want another woman for my Love.I’ve tried EVERYTHING to talk w him,but he’s absolutely gone.He had(!) to go to another country to stand up from his financial problems (too).Btw he has got a son from his former relationship,where his ex and his son was also not nice to me at my back.Thats the short story.He had always problems about trust but i thought that our love could be enough strong that by time he realise How much i love him. (Which is also unbelivable for me how much he loved me.) So…Thats it.Big Love&Hugs to you too.

  23. Viola. You cannot do anymore than what you have done. If he loves you, he will of course do the right thing. If he lets you suffer like this, then you must ask yourself why. You would never do that to him because you love him. If he cant stand up to his mother or ex partner, then maybe he is not the right man for you.

  24. I asked why is my ex not telling me the truth? I got:
    1. Death (Present)
    2. Magician (immediate challenge)
    3.4 of swords(distant past)
    4. 3 of swords(Recent Past)
    5. The Devil(Best outcome)
    6.8 of swords (immediate future)
    7. The Moon ( Factors Affecting Situation)
    8. The Star( External influences)
    9. 6 of pentacles (hopes/fears)
    10. Ace of Swords (Final outcome)

    I can’t tell if it’s because he feels like he can’t or because there is indeed someone else. I broke up with him because I have trust issues concerning him. We still hook up, but I still don’t trust him because he won’t tell me anything. He’s very secretive. I’ve asked him multiple times to be honest with me.

  25. I would go with my intuition here. Magician as a challenge card can mean there are lies. Moon as affecting the situation means secrets. I feel you can trust yourself and you made the right decision.

  26. Hi so I recently did a past, present, future spread:

    Past = queen of wands
    Present = high priestess & moon
    Future = 3 of swords

    I was wondering what you make of it. Thank you

  27. You are very sensitive (high priestess) at the moment and also there could be some deception around you (the moon) that you need to get to the bottom of which is why you get 3 of swords in the future. You might feel you have left a part of yourself in the past because queen of wands speaks of when we are at our most vibrant. I feel this layout speaks of you connecting back to yourself again.

  28. Hi Inger

    I got the moon, 2 of cups and the ace of cups when asking if my partner will return to me. He left me after I told him I wanted to keep our baby.


  29. He is contemplating what to do. I feel you are the one that will lead the way here so stick to your conviction. 2 of cups and ace of cups speak of a reunion so I feel he will come around.

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