18 The Moon

The Moon divinatory meanings

The Moon tarot  arcana indicates deception, chaos and confusion. In relationships, expect a foggy picture – does the client have a boyfriend? She isn’t sure. Does she want the man? She isn’t sure. Does she desire to keep him? She doesn’t know. What is he up to? She isn’t certain. Whatever the case, lower your expectations of bringing clarity, however long the reading. Boundaries are ill-defined, vague or non-existent. The solution is usually to work on the client so that she can see certainty in terms of her own life, rather than what other may or not be doing.

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Of course, deception, chaos and confusion can also work to the client’s benefit, so if she does not want people to know what she is up to, the Moon is an excellent sign she will not be discovered. It is good for spies, illusionists, stage magicians, politicians, and anyone else who do deceive.


Image of The Moon Major tarot card in the Rider-Waite deck
The Moon – Rider-Waite

The distinction between this card and some of the conventional types is that the moon is increasing on what is called the side of mercy, to the right of the observer. It has sixteen chief and sixteen secondary rays. The card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit. The path between the towers is the issue into the unknown. The dog and wolf are the fears of the natural mind in the presence of that place of exit, when there is only reflected light to guide it.

The last reference is a key to another form of symbolism. The intellectual light is a reflection and beyond it is the unknown mystery which it cannot shew forth. It illuminates our animal nature, types of which are represented below – the dog, the wolf and that which comes up out of the deeps, the nameless and hideous tendency which is lower than the savage beast. It strives to attain manifestation, symbolized by crawling from the abyss of water to the land, but as a rule it sinks back whence it came. The face of the mind directs a calm gaze upon the unrest below; the dew of thought falls; the message is: Peace, be still; and it may be that there shall come a calm upon the animal nature, while the abyss beneath shall cease from giving up a form.

Divinatory meanings

Hidden enemies, danger, calumny, darkness, terror, deception, occult forces, error.

Reversed meanings

Instability, inconstancy, silence, lesser degrees of deception and error.

Book of Thoth

18 The MoonLet the Illusion of the World pass over thee, unheeded, as thou goest from the Midnight to the Morning.

Illusion, deception, bewilderment, hysteria, even madness, dreaminess, falsehood, error, crisis, “the darkest hour before the dawn”, the brink of important change.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery – when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

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Golden Dawn -Ruler of Flux and Reflux, Child of the Sons of the Mighty

Dissatisfaction, voluntary change. Error, lying, falsity, deception.


Twilight, Deception, Error.

Reversed meanings

Fluctuation, Slight Deceptions, Trifling Mistakes.


COMMENTS Symposium, Conversation, Discourse, Discussion, Speak, Prattle, Chat. Malicious Gossip, Calumny, Decree, Deliberation. Moon.

Reversed meanings

Fluid Water, Dewy, Rain, Sea, Stream, River, Spring, Torrent, Fountain, Brook, Lake, Swamp, Water Hole, Sheet of Water, Pond. Humidity, Mist, Smoked, Mercury, Waters of Chaos, Philosophic Water. Odor, Wintry Weather, Snow, Exhalation, Evaporation. Instability, Fickleness, Silence. Murmur. Patience.

Thierens: XVIII

Everything that has been said in astrology about the Moon might be repeated here, as there exists no controversy whatever on the point of identity.

The Moon consequently means the life of the soul in particular, the feelings and sentiments, emotions (not only fear, etc.), changes wrought in existence by them, water and the female element in general. In the horoscopic figure it may be the mother or some other woman prominent in the life of the querent; it may signify women in general (and morally or psychically, while Saturn means physical woman). It is the sign of panta rei: everything passing, flowing or ebbing away in life, consequently uncertainty. It may relate to dreams, to exhibitions, popular plays, and games, theatres, and to the lower class of people. Physically it means the brain and the stomach.

18. La Lune – Paul Foster Case

Although this card is named “The Moon,” it is really related to the zodiacal sign Pisces, through the letter Qoph, which corresponds to that sign. Its meanings are, in divination, clearly traceable to the 12th house influence of the sign Pisces. It is very sensitive to the influence of other cards around it in a layout.

La Lune – well-dignified

Voluntary change, advance into a wider field of activity, but an advance made primarily because the Querent is unhappy in, or dissatisfied with his present position. There is always an element of uncertainty in matters represented by this card.

La Lune – ill-dignified

It stands for error, lying, deception; for limitations resulting from the Querent’s own lack of judgement or his want of self- control; for difficulties brought about by the machinations of hidden enemies.

Ouspensky: Card XVIII

The Astral World as it is seen by the artificial means of magic. “Psychic”, “spiritistic” world. Dreads of the night. The real light from above and the false representation of that light from below. Pseudo-mysticism.

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The Moon tarot meanings - deception, confusion
The Moon indicates deception, chaos and confusion. Boundaries are ill-defined, vague or non-existent. Bewilderment, hysteria, even madness,

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