Numbered 18 in the traditional Tarot deck’s Major Arcana, the Moon card carries the vibration of the number 9: the ending stage of a cycle, and a journey of the mind, linked to wisdom and truth. It is associated with the element of water and the sign of Pisces.
The Moon card represents illusion; things may not be what they seem to be as the darkness is often confusing. When looking at this card we must remember that as the Sun shines down on the Earth from the heavens, the Moon itself does not illuminate. Rather, it reflects light at us. So, the “monsters” we see at the foot of our beds in the darkness of night may very well be- in reality- harmless shadows.
With the Moon there is uncertainty of the path that is set out before us. As we cannot see very well in the darkness, we must use our other faculties to navigate the road ahead. We must honor our intuition and fully trust our instincts as we evolve and grow.
True to the cards of the Major Arcana, there is quite a lot of symbolism here that should be called to attention. Water is symbolic of cleansing and purification as well as being the source of life itself. As the crayfish emerges from the depths, two canines (presumably a dog and a wolf) howl at the full Moon. This hints at the battle between our docile, domesticated and civilized selves and our animal instincts.
The path ahead is twisting and turning through unseen territory, and to navigate this road we must pass through the gateway of the two white columns. Some see these columns as gateway of ancient wisdom and others believe them to be representative of the conscious/subconscious mind.
I love a good story and want to share this following tale that I found with you as I feel it has special significance to the Moon card:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied,