Interpreting the Moon Tarot Card

An introduction to the meaning of the Moon tarot card

Moon Tarot Card The Moon tarot card is rooted in the subconscious, representing intuition, imagination, creativity, illusions, and the inner workings of the human psyche. What was recognizable in the light of day has become obscure and questionable in form, strange but hauntingly familiar, and the Moon as a reflection of the sun's rays offers only a subtle glow for the human eye to travel by.

In this near darkness the soul encounters many falsities, for the Moon represents fear and anxiety, all primal emotions which obstruct truth and happiness by blowing a perceived crisis out of proportion and overestimating the events which led us to such a state. However, the Moon also symbolizes the imagination, an intensity of thought and emotion, as well as the chaos and the madness which often accompanies true genius.

The greatest artists and poets of both ancient and modern times have often led self-destructive lives characterized by anxieties, fears, depression, and substance abuse, all of which can be associated with the Moon. "Art" itself is the Latin root-word of "artificial", for man never truly creates anything new through art, but rather he innovates, explores, and re-creates what is already present in nature in his own perspective and interpretation of the world. Although art, poetry, and all other beauty exists to be admired and appreciated, the Moon warns that we must be intuitively aware of the deception of beauty, understanding that we must not take all things simply for their surface value.

Anxiety and fear are much like art is this sense, existing simply as man-made creations which blockade the human soul from reaching what is absolute truth. The Moon promotes the power of human creativity, but suggests that intuition must guide the imagination, advising that we remain in control of what we choose to create as to not fall too far into the depths of illusion, so far as to lose touch with reality, completely.

It's meaning in a Tarot Card Spread

The meaning of the Moon tarot card is influenced by the position of the card as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.

The Moon tarot card - upright meaning:
When the Moon card lands in the upright position it predicts a time of great creativity which usually reveals extraordinary results. Listen carefully to your intuition and follow all hunches.

The Moon tarot card - reversed meaning:
When the Moon card is in the upside-down/reversed position it forewarns of volatile emotions; deception and delusion play center stage. Also watch for hidden enemies and always err on the side of caution.

Keywords/phrases associated with the Moon tarot card:

Upright - creativity, intuition, serendipity, psychic development

Reversed - unstable emotions, fear, deception, dangers, unknown enemies

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