The Moon is associated with a person’s emotional make-up, unconscious habits, rhythms, memories and moods, and their ability to react and adapt to those around them. It is also associated with the mother, maternal instincts or the urge to nurture, the home, the need for security, and the past, especially early experiences and childhood. Rules Monday.
The sign occupied by the Moon at your time of birth is an indicator of your emotional and physical nature. It describes your unconscious, instinctive reactions, what is innate. Moon signs define our emotions and make up the unconscious side of our personality. This is the place where we go to find comfort, peace and childhood memories. These signs also have an affect on our senses, such as sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. They are all connected to our subconscious memories and affect us differently than the Sun’s Zodiac signs, by showing us what kind of experience we need in order to feel emotionally satisfied.
Moon Signs play an important role in understanding an individual. The position of the moon in your birth chart helps in finding your moon sign. Your moon sign can help in understanding the characteristics and features when born under a particular moon sign, which is different from the sun signs in western astrology.
The Moon has been the subject of many works of art and literature and the inspiration for countless others. It is a motif in the visual arts, the performing arts, poetry, prose and music. A 5,000-year-old rock carving at Knowth, Ireland, may represent the Moon, which would be the earliest depiction discovered. The contrast between the brighter highlands and the darker maria creates the patterns seen by different cultures as the Man in the Moon, the rabbit and the buffalo, among others. In many prehistoric and ancient cultures, the Moon was personified as a deity or other supernatural phenomenon, and astrological views of the Moon continue to be propagated today.
The Moon plays an important role in Islam; the Islamic calendar is strictly lunar, and in many Muslim countries the months are determined by the visual sighting of the hilal, or earliest crescent moon, over the horizon. The star and crescent, initially a symbol of the Ottoman Empire, has recently been adopted as a wider symbol for the Muslim community. The splitting of the moon was a miracle attributed to Muhammad.
The Moon Goddesses were represented in Roman mythology as Luna the divine embodiment of the Moon and Diana, the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth, being associated with wild animals and woodland.
In Greek mythology, Selene is the goddess of the moon. She is the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia, and sister of the sun-god Helios, and Eos, goddess of the dawn. She drives her moon chariot across the heavens. Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. Homer refers to her as Artemis Agrotera, Potnia Theron: “Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals”. Artemis was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls.
In Hinduism, Chandra is a lunar god and a Graha. Associated with impatience of human nature, Chandra means “shining”. Chandra is also identified with the Vedic lunar deity Soma. The Soma name refers particularly to the juice of sap in the plants and therefore, makes the Moon the lord of plants and vegetation.
The Moon has long been associated with insanity and irrationality; the words lunacy and lunatic (popular shortening loony) are derived from the Latin name for the Moon, Luna. Philosophers Aristotle and Pliny the Elder argued that the full moon induced insanity in susceptible individuals, believing that the brain, which is mostly water, must be affected by the Moon and its power over the tides, but the Moon’s gravity is too slight to affect any single person. Even today, people who believe in a lunar effect claim that admissions to psychiatric hospitals, traffic accidents, homicides or suicides increase during a full moon, and despite studies invalidate these claims, belief can be stronger than truth!
In Dream Therapy, dreaming about the moon often represents some mysterious aspect of yourself. It is often something we hide away. It is often associated with the feminine mystique and intuition. Alternatively, the moon signifies your changing moods. To see a normal moon in a normal sky rich with stars, denotes that you will have success with love or money but if the moon is peculiar or strange in appearance then you will meet with many disappointments.
To see the eclipse of the moon in your dream signifies that your feminine side is being overshadowed. It may mean that some hidden aspect of yourself is coming to the surface. To see the crescent moon in your dream indicates cyclic changes, renewal, and movement. You are progressing smoothly toward your life path. A full moon signifies completion and wholeness, while a new moon symbolizes new beginnings. To dream that you jump and touch the moon refers to your ambition. When it comes to your goals and aspirations, you aim high. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.
See also: crescent moon and star, triple moon goddess, moon power, women, full moon meditation, new moon meditation, full moon, new moon, lunar eclipse
The Moon: Unconscious, the Shadow, Self-Confusion, Dreams, Intuition
Key Words: Cycles, Emotion, Intensity, Reflection, Confusion, Influence, Emergence
No one is immune to the influence of the moon. She is the mirror, reflecting back the light that shines upon her. She is a timepiece to the ancient movements of our galaxy. She is the music that prompts the ocean to dance. She is the illuminating force of our creative powers. This kind of intensity laces all of the Moon Tarot card meanings. This is one of the few cards that is a story in-and-of-itself, and tells it from start to finish in one flash.
The story of this card begins with the lobster (crawfish, or crab in other deck renditions) which represents us and our greatness or higher purpose/calling. Emerging from our primordial ignorance (this is not derogatory – we are simply unknowing of our divine potential), to start our journey of higher purpose, we are met with all manner of influences. The symbolic crab also links to the astrological aspects of Cancer with moon as its ruling celestial influence.
Yapping dogs, gnarling wolves, winding paths, the lure of empty promises…it’s a wonder we can get any where with all these influences pulling at our attention. What’s more, we are attempting to find our way and higher purpose in the midst of the darkest of night.
We see the Moon, forever our illusive guide through all the distractions. But is she a help or a hindrance? When she is in her growth we feel ourselves expand in confidence with her. We can even become pregnant with our own importance when she is in her prime fullness. When she is waning, we feel ourselves shrink into the abyss of darkness, we grow unsure of our path and purpose. We may find ourselves confused at every turn.
We must also keep in mind that we have the power to use the pull of the Moon to our advantage too. She holds immense power available for us to use if only we hone in on it; focus and direct its energy.
The Moon is a luminary – which reminds us her reflective light can serve as a source of intuitive clarity.The key to this card (and the moral of its story) is influence. We must constantly be aware of what is influencing our lives, our decisions, our actions. We must unravel the perplexity of our thoughts and see clear to that which is causing us to move in a certain direction. And when it comes to our higher purpose, we must have the highest intensity of diligence to stay the course and persue the path that leads to expressing our highest selves. Effectually, when we pull this card in a reading it often indicates we’re torn between many influences. From the TV that stays turned on for too long to the boss that calls us during dinner – we are distracted by external influences that have taken us away from our core path. This card is a message that we need to reflect upon our life and use our intuitive abilities to determine what best thoughts and actions to take to correct our course.
Key Symbols Relative to Moon Tarot Card Meanings:
This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Moon Tarot card meanings.
Dog and Wolf: The dog is a symbol of our tamed mind which is loyal to our bidding. The wolf is a symbol of our primal urges and bears its teeth at our every attempt to be conventional. Neither beast is all bad nor all good – but they both war with each other in our minds. Hence each is on either side of our path. One yapping at us to “do the right thing” the other growling at us to “break out and go wild.” All the while the Moon has her own ideas about what we should be doing. The key here is to tap into our inner wisdom and gain the ground by our own internal navigational faith system. Learn more about Dog Symbolism in Tarot here.
Lobster: Also depicted as a crayfish or a crab in other deck renditions, crustaceans creatures are a symbol of hidden psychic power. These creatures live in water (which is a symbol of the subconscious) and when they emerge from the depths of the water it is an expression of coming out of the dark or coming out of hiding. Further, these creatures are usually equipped with a hard exoskeleton which is a symbol of armor which protects the tender, beauty we all carry inside our souls. As mentioned in the introduction above, the lobster is a representation of us on our pilgrimage to carry out our higher (most often hidden) divine purpose. Additionally, it’s worthwhile to investigate the astrological aspects of Cancer as the moon is its ruler.
Towers: Apart from being phallic symbols and thus appealing to our base (primitive) natures, the towers also represent the trappings of an easy life. One either side of the path stands the promise of treasure, stability, safety, and comfort. Although these are appealing qualities, they are often illusions when we are on the path of our higher purpose. In the case of this card the towers represent stagnation, or lure us into settling for something when we could have the divine gifts that are our birthright. The towers also remind us that if we build our lives upon false illusions, or settle for something lesser, they will inevitably come crashing down upon us. Click the link for a mythological back-story on Tower symbolism in Tarot.
Mountain: mountains and hills indicate challenges. The larger the mountain the larger the steepness to overcome the obstacle.
Moonstone: Moonstone’s emotional connection makes it most effective when placed at the 2nd or Sacral Spleen Chakra. Known to be of ancient spiritual significance in its connection to the moon and the intuitive aspect of one’s nature, the source of our intuition is often described as our “gut feeling” found at the Solar Plexus Chakra. Therefore, use moonstone to promote your intuitive and empathic nature. Use it also to encourage lucid dreaming, especially at the time of the full moon. It is the perfect stone for the Emotional Layer of the Aura. Moonstone is a great stone for meditation and helping with unconditional love.
Key Questions Relative to the Moon Tarot Card Meanings:
When contemplating the Moon Tarot card meanings, ask yourself the following questions:
What am I allowing to distract me?
How can I see clear to my higher ideals?
Do I have clarity of thought, purpose and deed?
What is taking me away from my highest achievements?
What am I allowing to sway my judgment are influence my decisions?
Have I strayed from my divine path? What do I need to do to get back on track?
What steps can I take to silence those yapping (nagging) thoughts that distract me from my joy?
Chakra: Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra
I Ching: Shi ke
Runes: Hagalaz, Pertho, Laguz
Number 9 (18 = 1 + 8 = 9)
Colors: Blue, Yellow, Green, Violet
Crystal: Moonstone, Labradorite, Selenite
Characteristics: Sensitive, imaginative, compassionate, psychic, vulnerable, escapist, dreamy. Error, danger, disgrace, ill advantage, deception, cheating. The Moon is very much an illusion with a yin and yang nature. It wanes with a decrease in light and waxes with an increase of light across it’s surface. As with many associations to the moon, in this card the number 3 (divided 3 times to reach 9) is represented by 3 layers. Within these layers there is a crayfish and two dogs (3 animals). The two dogs face each other as does the hounds that accompany the Moon Goddess. This card represents the “dark side of the soul”.
Waxing: to show a progressively larger light surface, as the moon does in passing from new to full.
Waning: the period of the decrease of the moon’s illuminated visible surface.
Gibbous: more than half but less than fully illuminated. Used of a celestial body, as the moon.
Crescent: the figure of the moon as it appears first quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
Apogee: the point in the orbit of the moon or an artificial satellite most distant from the earth.
Perigee: the point nearest the earth in the orbit of the moon or of a satellite.
Keywords: personality, emotions, feelings, moods, sensitivity, instincts, memory, habits, imagination, instinctual behavior, mother, nurturing and intuition