The Moon Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
XVIII The Moon Correspondences:
Keywords and phrases:
Uncertainty and fluctuating emotions, secrecy, illusion.
Moon Tarot Card Meanings:
In folklore and tradition, the moon can be associated with moon madness, and it’s a good way to remember the card, for nothing may be as it really seems at this time. The full moon holds us spellbound in its presence, momentarily captured in its hypnotic light.
When The Moon appears in a Tarot reading it can indicate uncertainty, feeling as though you’re standing on shifting sands, and emotions fluctuating back and forth. By the light of the moon nothing may appear as it really is, creating illusionary situations, so it’s best not to jump to conclusions. Events have a habit of culminating and coming to the surface around the time of a full moon, just as the crayfish in the image is half submerged in the water pool of the subconscious, it often shows situations that are still developing, so not all the facts may be available at this time but they will emerge in due course.
There can also be a hint of secrecy or deception, particularly if accompanied by other cards that reinforce the message to strengthen that association. Heightened dreams, intuition, and psychic ability, can be highlighted by this card, although more frequently it muddies the waters, suggesting clouded thinking and not seeing matters clearly; taken to extreme it can create a sense of paranoia. The best advice with The Moon is to be watchful and wait until all the facts are available before making important decisions.
The Moon often makes an appearance for those seeking a reading when they feel completely confused over a situation, to the point where they don’t feel they can think straight about it anymore. They’ve often looked at the situation from every angle and feel they’re sinking in uncertainty; this is most apparent when it appears in the base position of The Anchor, which reveals the current atmosphere and circumstances surrounding the client at the time of the reading.
If reversed or badly aspected, usually similar but with a lesser effect than the upright meaning.
Similar and reinforcing cards: Seven of Cups (can cloud realistic thinking) Two of Swords (indecision, in two minds) Nine of Swords (anxiety). Watch for The Devil, Five of Swords, and High Priestess to reinforce aspects of secrecy or possible deceptions.
Opposite or opposing cards: The Emperor (stability, logic and rationale) Justice (balanced mind)
The Moon Tarot Card Combinations:
The Moon isn’t usually a positive companion, as it tends to muddy the waters and create instability. Watch for a positive card following to release the situation and bring clarity to the matter.
> High Priestess: Generally, what is hidden will be revealed and usually to your benefit, but can also be a good sign of developing psychic ability.
> The Devil: Heavy duty! Can indicate hallucinations or paranoia, more commonly suggests secrecy connected to root card in a simple line, or if either side of a card may indicate what is being concealed.
Seven of Cups > The Moon: unrealistic fantasies, if followed by The Devil can indicate developing into an unhealthy obsession.
> Five of Swords: Deception and dishonesty behind the scenes, watch your back.
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