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The Moon

The Moon Tarot Card

The Moon in Astrology shows our subconscious needs and the type of comfort we are seeking at a very basic level. The first time we cried out in the dark for nourishment, our Moon was given expression. In the Moon card, the night has eclipsed the Sun. We know that we are being led into the unknown waters of the unconscious.

Dreams that happen during night time are different than those which occur in daylight. They show elements of which, we are unaware. In the same way, the Moon can describe a situation that is not what it appears to be. It can symbolize deception or a lack of clarity.

Many people know a lot about their Sun sign but have no idea of how their Moon is operating. The Tarot card of the Moon shows the dark inner world of fear and hunger where we build our protective Towers near the shores of the unconscious. With the Moon, the story moves toward the things that we protect, whether or not they are healthy.

The Moon eclipses the Sun and shows its visible face. It can ask you to explore your other face…your hidden face…the one you are intimate with and yet, refuse to show to others. The Moon is associated with habitual actions that hide a deeper need or feeling. Symbolizing fear and a lack of clarity, sometimes we dream of frightening creatures lurking below the water when we have a sense of anger that can only express itself as sadness.

The Moon is a potent card that can mean more than just deception. The underworld hounds and sealife are all being celebrated with Yods, or universal love. The two towers suggest that a type of balance will come out of this situation.

If you are feeling sad you may want to examine whether acknowledging anger and then working through forgiveness might be the cure for a lingering depression. When the Moon appears, nothing is what it seems. Like the dreamscape, events can seem topsy turvey. The fastest way to uncover the hidden message of the Moon is to explore your Moon sign in our Astrology section.

While empowerment requires that you take responsibility for your condition and not play the victim, sometimes we attract situations and people who mean well, but do not really have our best interests at heart. The Moon can show communication problems or a lack of definition and clarity in the situation that can be remedied through honest discussion.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by emotion, take the time to understand your dreams. All dreams present the conflict, cause and resolution in the way the dreamscape morphs into different settings. Your emotional being is rising to be recognized in the same way tides rise and fall. A lack of clarity is the first sign that you need to examine what you need, and what will bring you greater comfort in life.

Associated with the 4th house in Astrology, the Moon can be a message about issues related to the home that require correction. It can appear in issues related to women in your life or your mother. Somewhere in the darkness, the Moon is reflecting the light of your personality as a way of allowing you to discover your deeper motivations.

Just like dreams, with a little probing and patience, you should be able to find your way back into the light of consciousness with an even deeper dimension of your being. Under the influence of the Moon, it is best to step back and observe prior to making any decisions.

All men and women would do well to develop the feminine aspect of sensitivity and introspection and the masculine traits of assertiveness. In dreams, the strangers that appear as the opposite sex can symbolize the Anima for a man and the Animus for a woman. When the Moon appears for a male, it can symbolize opening to feelings and sensitivity to allow your more vulnerable emotional body to have expression.

For the woman, the Moon can also suggest exploring feelings and emotions to understand whether you are expressing how you really feel. If you have encountered a situation of deception, it can also be a way of examining what you really need. Either the situation is meant to pull you deeper out of yourself, or allow you to find that which is truly right for you.

Keywords: Falling prey to illusion. Lack of clear communication. Insecurity and a lack of clarity. Emotions rising in a way that feels overwhelming. Inability to see which path to take. A need to move more slowly without jumping to conclusions. 

Reversed: Depression that stems from being timid. Scheming, fraud and hidden matters. Being deluded. Cut off from emotions.