The Moon (Tarot card)

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The Moon (XVIII)

The Moon (XVIII) is the eighteenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in game playing as well as in divination.

An original card from the tarot deck of Jean Dodal of Lyon, a classic "Tarot of Marseilles" deck. The deck dates from 1701-1715.


  • Two large, foreboding pillars are shown. Some see them as tombstones, others relate them to Karma.
  • A wolf and a domesticated dog howl at the moon.
  • A crayfish appears in the water.
  • The Moon is "shedding the moisture of fertilizing dew in great drops".WAITE These are numbered 18 in the Rider-Waite deck and are all Yodh-shaped. On this basis, some associate this card with impregnation.

Rider-Waite specific[edit]

  • Very clearly, the figure in the moon is frowning, reflecting displeasure.
  • The waxing moon has 16 chief rays and 16 secondary rays.
  • The beasts are a dog and a wolf, which represent "the fears of the natural mind".WAITE
  • The crayfish crawls from the water onto the land, a symbol of conscious awakening in its infancy.[1]
  • There is a pathway into the mountainous distance, representing man's onward and upward progress.[2]


According to Waite's The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, the card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit. 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. This reference is a key to another form of symbolism. The intellectual light is a mere reflection and beyond it is the unknown mystery which it cannot reveal. 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 even 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, and 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 form.

Some frequent keywords include:

  • Lack of clarity — Tension — Doubt — Fantasy
  • Deception — Psychological conflict — Obscured vision
  • Confusion — Illusion — Fear — Imagination — Worry
  • Romanticism — Anxiety — Apprehension — Unrealistic ideas

Other meanings[edit]

This card has to do with sleep patterns. This can mean both dreaming and nightmares. If one gets this card, one may be going through a particularly difficult emotional time. Rather than losing yourself in the overwhelming imagery and fantasy that signal the presence of the Moon, give form to this imagery through the creative arts (painting, writing, or dancing). The association this card bears with imagery and fantasy can put one in touch with visions and insight, creativity and psychic powers.[3]

The Moon can be interpreted with the feeling of uncertainty, where the past still haunts, unsure of a journey but still going ahead with it, feeling watched and because it is commonly associated with dreams, fantasies and mysteries this card can also be interpreted with surreal feelings and situations in your waking life.

Alternative decks[edit]

  • In the "Flemish Deck" by Vandenborre, the moon shows a woman seated in the right-hand corner with a tree in the left hand corner. The moon is directly above her. She is shown with a distaff in her right hand and spinning thread with her left hand.
  • In one of the old Italian Tarot decks, instead of the above scene there is an Astrologer plotting a horoscope while the moon shines in from a window.
  • In Mythic Tarot decks, the moon is depicted by Artemis, Selene or Hecate.

In pop culture[edit]

  • The Moon is represented by two cards in the Arcana Force and Spellbook sets of the Yu-gi-oh! card game: Arcana Force XVIII - The Moon (monster card) and Spellbook Library of the Crescent (spell card).
  • Dark Blue Moon is an enemy stand in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, taking the form of a humanoid fish monster.
  • In the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, Bond finds this card at the Fillet of Soul restaurant, along with two others: the High Priestess and Death.
  • In the SNES video game Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, the Moon Tarot card depicts a woman in a long white dress soaring on a moonbeam through the night. On drawing the card after liberation of one of the towns, it changes the time of day to midnight, and also changes the rows of enemy units to a different position when used in battle.[4]
  • This card represents the character Luna Tsukuyomi in the anime series Gen'ei o Kakeru Taiyō.


  1. ^ Gray, E. (1960). The tarot revealed: A modern guide to reading the tarot cards. New York, N.Y.: Bell Publishing Company.
  2. ^ Gray, E. (1960). The tarot revealed: A modern guide to reading the tarot cards. New York, N.Y.: Bell Publishing Company.
  3. ^ "Moon Tarot Card Meaning". 
  4. ^ "Ogre Battle - Tarot Cards". 

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