Basic Meaning of The Moon (Rider-Waite)
The Moon is the eighteenth card in the Major Arcana of tarot and symbolizes illusion, intuition, and the subconscious. The card’s image shows a moon shining over a landscape with two dogs, a crab, and a river. It represents the mysterious and dark aspects of our psyche and how our intuition and subconscious feelings can influence our actions and decisions.
When The Moon appears upright in a tarot reading it signifies a time of uncertainty, illusion, and relying on your intuition. The card urges you to be aware of your fears, dreams, and subconscious feelings and to seek clarity in these in order to better understand your situation. It is a time to listen to your inner voice and to be open to the insights and messages your intuition offers.
If The Moon is reversed in a reading it may signify that you are beginning to see through illusions and uncertainties and that you are on the path to achieving clarity and understanding. It may also signify that you are having difficulty trusting your intuition or that you are ignoring your subconscious feelings. The card urges you to be open to insights from your inner self and to seek truth and clarity in your decisions and actions.
If The Moon appears in a reading alongside Three of Wands and Queen of Cups it could be interpreted as by relying on your intuition and listening to your subconscious feelings (The Moon) you will be able to expand your horizons and achieve great success in your area (Three of Wands). This success will be enhanced by expressing your emotions and showing empathy and compassion for others (Queen of Cups) which will help you create deeper and more meaningful relationships.