The Moon Tarot card meaning

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck – The Moon


Ruled by Pisces


Keywords: insight, intuition, femininity, spirituality, power, womanhood, psychic powers, creativity, occult, astral consciousness, darkness, mysterious, strange

Pisces represents the “last stage of winter.” Crowley calls it the “Gateway of Resurrection.”

Crowley calls it the “Poisoned darkness which is the condition of the rebirth of light.”

He says, “This is the threshold of life; this is the threshold of death. All is doubtful, all is mysterious, all is intoxicating.”

Khepri, the Egyptian scarab-faced God, the sacred Beetle, that represents the rising Sun – rising in both the morning and at the end of Winter. It is he who carries the Sun through the darkness of night and winter. 

Crowley suggests the path is guarded by Tabu, which could be taken to represent the Forbidden, or taboo. 


The Thoth Tarot


The Thoth Tarot – The Moon


In this card, Pisces represents the end of Winter and in its association with the Moon the end of the Night. The resurrection of the Sun is one the other side of the mysterious gates, beyond the blood soaked pathway under the nine bloody drops of Yesod.


But as we go into a Full Moon, we can remember why everything is intoxicating under the moonlight. There is a reason why the term “Lunatic” has a Lunar origin. The Moon is associated with madness.


The Moon serves a dual function. In the High Priestess it connects us to the highest levels of the Divine. But it is also the closest planet to Earth and is thus connected to Malkuth, the lowest form of matter. This duality leads to the possibility of magick.


This is the Moon of Witchcraft. Here, “”the fiery sense is balked.” Our mind must rely on the lower senses.


To pass back into the light of Day we must appeal to the God Anubis, the “watcher in the twilight,” guarding the Gates of Resurrection with the jackals of the night.

However, Crowley says that whatever terrors afflict the Soul in the dark of the night under the influence of the Moon, the answer is always the same: “How splendid is the Adventure!”


Divination guide


The Moon represents astral consciousness, our psychic connection with the Moon, infused with Solar energy that is reflected in the soft, silver flow of moonlight.

If you see this card in a reading, reflect on what you can do to tap into this Lunar energy.


And remember, the goal is not to be intuitive for its own sake. Rather, the goal is to use the power of the Moon to get back to the daylight of inner illumination and equilibrium, divine Beauty, the highest state of consciousness we can achieve while in our Early bodies (Tiphareth, the state of enlightenment, the mind of Christ, redemption, heaven on Earth).

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