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.


The card depicts a night scene. Two large, foreboding pillars are shown. A wolf and a domesticated dog howl at the moon. A crayfish appears in the water. The Moon has "sixteen chief and sixteen secondary rays" and "[is] shedding the moisture of fertilizing dew in great drops" (totaling 15 in the Rider-Waite deck) which are all Yodh-shaped.[1] The figure in the moon is frowning, reflecting displeasure.


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... The intellectual light is a reflection and beyond it is the unknown mystery which it cannot reveal." Additionally, "It illuminates our animal nature" and according to Waite, "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.'"[2]

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 popular 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.[3]
  • This card represents the character Luna Tsukuyomi in the anime series Gen'ei o Kakeru Taiyō.
  • In Persona 4 - Persona 4 Golden The Moon, Moon Social Link is represented by Ai Ebihara - very much having her character resemble, personality wise, the Interpretation behind the card itself.
  • Adventure Time ["The Stakes"] mini series, Sister Moon
  • Along with other Major Arcana, the Moon is a character in Data East's puzzle video game series, Magical Drop. In the game's Neo Geo port, she serves as a secret mid-boss in the game's Challenge Mode.
  • The Moon card, along with the other Tarot cards of the Major Arcana, appears in the 2011 video game, The Binding of Isaac, and its 2014 remake, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, where they act as consumable items with varying effects. The Moon teleports the player to a secret room.


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  2. ^ Waite, A. E. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot: Being fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of Divination. London, W. Rider, 1911.
  3. ^ "Ogre Battle - Tarot Cards". 
  • ^ The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by Arthur Waite
  • A. E. Waite's Pictorial Key to the Tarot: Being fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of Divination. 1910
  • Juliette Wood, Folklore 109 (1998):15-24, The Celtic Tarot and the Secret Tradition: A Study in Modern Legend Making (1998)

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