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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.

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 + The Magician: Creative industries. A mystery.

The Moon + The High Priestess: A muse. 

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

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

The Moon + The World: Social anxiety. Dreaming about success. 

The Moon + Three of cups: Creative friends. Art exhibitions. 

The Moon + Seven of cups: Digital art. 

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

The Moon + Knight of cups: A bachelor. A salesman. 

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

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

The Moon + Ace of swords: Conspiracy theory. 

The Moon + Three of swords: Painful relationship. 

The Moon + Five of swords: Harassment. 

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

The Moon + King of swords: Mental health specialist. 

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

The Moon + Five of wands: Drawings. 

The Moon + Seven of wands: Teaching arts. 

The Moon + King of wands: Acting. 

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

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

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

The Moon + 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. 


  1. Lyndsey April 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    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. Lyndsey April 12, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Could you please please have a look for me 🙂

  3. SoftPaws April 24, 2017 at 7:56 am

    as an outcome reversed 5 of cups, 4 of wands upright, and moon upright.

  4. Inger Bråthen April 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    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.

  5. Jen May 20, 2017 at 1:28 am

    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!

  6. Inger Bråthen May 22, 2017 at 10:06 am

    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.

  7. tara June 14, 2017 at 11:42 am

    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 ???

  8. Inger Bråthen June 16, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    moon reversed next to 3 of swords reversed can mean a reunion will be difficult, at least for now.

  9. Bela July 12, 2017 at 3:07 am

    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

  10. Gee September 10, 2017 at 3:45 am

    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.

  11. Inger Bråthen September 16, 2017 at 8:23 am

    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.

  12. Alexis September 17, 2017 at 3:32 am

    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

  13. Inger Bråthen September 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    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.

  14. Kat October 5, 2017 at 4:29 am

    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

  15. JAN October 11, 2017 at 2:43 am

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

  16. Inger Bråthen October 15, 2017 at 8:18 am

    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.

  17. Inger Bråthen October 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    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.

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