Illusion, intuition, anxiety, confusion, complexity, secrets, subconsciousGo to Upright Meaning
Fear released, deception, inner confusion, misinterpretation, unclarity, worriesGo to Reversed Meaning
In the darkness of night in the wilds of the bush, creatures and beasts emerge from the water and the land. A split in the ground marks the divide between two towers in the distance with a wild dog to the left and coyote to the right. They are agitated and howling at the great luminary above them. The moon’s countenance is vexed in nature.
The creatures of the water are that of the bottom feeders. They are the subconscious fear and the winding pathway from the river to the distant landscape are that which is unknown.
Moon Tarot Card Meanings
Upright Card Meaning
It is not for nothing that our ancestors both loved and feared the moon for generations. The moon was believed to have a negative influence on people’s mental health, hence the term “lunacy.” People associated the moon and the night as a whole with all kinds of witchcraft, deceptions, and terror enacted on ordinary folk.
The tarot card The Moon is no different and represents all the wild madness and terror that the moon can inspire in receptive minds. However, just because small-minded folks fear the influence of The Moon does not mean that the influence of the celestial body or the card is all bad. The Moon can lead you towards illuminating visions, heightened powers of imagination, and a deeper connection with your unconscious. Historically, the line between madness and visionaries was very thin.
The appearance of The Moon in your reading is encouraging you to get in touch with the wild unknown. You may fear the influence of madness, but do not let your discomfort with letting go of control keep you from the deeper truths that can be found thanks to The Moon.
Moon Tarot Card Meanings
Reversed Card Meaning
Our first instinct as allegedly rational humans is to resist the tug of the unknown. However, the unknown will tug back and it is a far more powerful force than you think.
The Moon reversed represents what happens when you resist the pull of the darker unconscious. You are afraid of releasing your control, you are afraid of giving in to imagination or visions as opposed to the rational, orderly thoughts you are comfortable with. You are struggling with all your might against the experience that The Moon is trying to give you, however, this struggle will exhaust you and you are not guaranteed to win.
You may already be feeling unstable or confused and are reluctant to release what little control you have in return for the uncertain rewards that come from giving yourself over to the wild power of The Moon. However, only by weathering periods of instability can you have stability. Only by releasing yourself can you achieve the inner knowledge you need to complete your journey.
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