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The Moon Angelic Tarot Card Meanings

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The Moon Angelic Tarot Card Meanings

After exploring the outward-looking and future-oriented Star card, we now turn our eyes (or should that be the third eye?) inward and to the mists of the past with the watery Piscean Moon card. The energy card also cares for and directs care toward others but more at the level of emotions. It’s a card of compassion, selfless love and courage to face our deepest fears… the fears that run so deep that we spend most of our lives being in denial about them.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
~ Frank Herbert

The push and pull between love and fear…

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The Moon from the Frideborg Tarot

The push and pull between love and fear is explored in extremis in the Moon card space because it covers the subconscious as well as what is slowly making its way into conscious awareness. Any significant or memorable dreams fall under the auspice of this card. And especially any dreams that help you understand your own emotions and relationships.

An example of such is dreams about snowy or icy landscapes that are common right before a breakup. Snow symbolises frozen emotions. Relationships have to either evolve or die… Another example would be dreaming of a tsunami around the point you fall in love with someone because you fear being overwhelmed by your emotions.

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
~ John Lennon

Psychic ability and altered states of consciousness

On a Chakra level, the Moon corresponds with the Third Eye and could indicate psychic ability or development of talents in this area as well as dreamwork. You can meditate with the Moon card for a while before going to sleep in order to better connect with messages from the subconscious.

Too much of the Moon card energy can make us confused or dazed. It’s a card of altered consciousness, both natural and drug-induced. On the most mundane level, it can simply mean drunkenness.


Angelic correspondence: Archangel Barachiel

Element: Water

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Chakra: Third Eye

Colour: Purple, crimson

Crystal: Amethyst, pearl, sapphire, emerald

Metal: Tin

Body: The pineal gland, lymphatic system, bodily fluids, feet

Exercise: Floating, sweating it out with Bikram yoga

Stance/Pose: Moon salutations

Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Any potions that alter your state of consciousness

Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Hermit

Associated Minor Arcana Cards

8 of Cups (Saturn in Pisces). It’s time to move on from an emotionally stagnant situation.

9 of Cups (Jupiter in Pisces). Seek joy with all your might. Happiness is a choice.

10 of Cups (Mars in Pisces). Learn to recognise the ebb and flow of your life force energy so that you learn to flow with rather than work against your natural rhythm.

King of Cups (Fire of Water) – Turn to a mental health care professional or counsellor if you need help with depression or talk therapy of some sort.

Remedies to increase the energy of The Moon in your life

  • You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Moon card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with.
  • Stop using fluoride (it destroys the pineal gland)
  • Daydream
  • Eat/drink substances that alter your state of consciousness
  • Incubate a dream
  • Keep a dream journal
  • Meditate on your deepest fear
  • Forgive someone
  • Ask for forgiveness
  • Swim underwater
  • Drink water
  • Detox

Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Moon card

  • Do maths
  • Play chess
  • Go running
  • Argue for the sake of starting an argument
  • Bake bread or engage in any grounding/practical activity
  • Light a fire
  • Wear yellow

Affirmation: “I compassionately and fearlessly accept and flow with my emotions.”

Angelic Invocation to Archangel Barachiel

Blessed Archangel Barachiel, thank you for allowing any fears that block the love that I AM to melt away now. Help my ego to always defer to my compassionate spirit-self and show unconditional love for all living beings. Amen and so it is!


In a relationship reading, when the Moon card comes up, a need for forgiveness as well as clarity can be indicated. If things are polarised and you can’t seem to find a middle ground, you may have to simply and politely agree to disagree for now. Wait for clarity and more facts to emerge organically. You may actually both be right or wrong. Or maybe you realise that it wasn’t as black and white as you first thought it was.

The Moon is one of the most nebulous Major Arcana cards. It deals with everything we would rather shove into the dusty and cobwebbed storage facilities of our subconscious mind.

The problem with all the stuff we refuse to process in the light of our conscious mind is that it tends to creep up on us in the form of anxiety. This is the reason why one of the keywords for The Moon is fear.

The Moon and Astrology

Astrologically, The Moon corresponds to the Zodiac sign of Pisces and the 12th House. The Piscean and 12th House energies are all about dreams, intuition, compassion, sacrifice, escapism, addiction, sensitivity, imagination, idealism and self-undoing.

So how does The Moon reflect (pardon the pun) on a relationship?

The quality of your connection

If it describes the quality of your relationship, it means that you are likely to project a lot onto your partner. One or both of you are not wanting to own your shit and therefore assign unsavoury characteristics, traits or habits to your partner instead.

For instance, together with The Tower or the reversed Chariot, The Moon is a strong indication of passive aggression and projecting one’s own anger onto the other. This could be the person who says that anger is ‘alien’ to them. (Anger is not alien to anyone… unless you actually are an alien.)

When The Moon characterises a Lover, it is someone highly imaginative but perhaps a bit out of touch with reality – a head-in-the-clouds type of person. Or it could be someone with addiction issues. Look for reversed court cards next to The Moon for this.

Not always what it seems…

If The Moon shows up together with one of the ‘falling in love cards’ such as The Lovers, the Knight of Cups or the 2 of Cups, it can indicate a need to be wary of those perfectly rose-tinted glasses. Are things really what they seem? Perhaps you should check what that slightly paler bit of skin on his left ring finger means before you agree to a second date.

Past lives

However, The Moon is also one of the karmic cards. I have seen it indicate past life connections in quite a few readings. If The Moon shows up together with any of the other karmic cards, you can be fairly certain that you are looking at a relationship with someone from your soul group.

Single and looking

To a single person, The Moon could also be a call for a much-needed reality check. It could signify someone who is too easily led and who lacks personal boundaries.


Sexually, The Moon is a card which describes our longing to completely merge with our beloved – not just physically but on a deep soul level. Does his kiss make you feel drunk? Congratulations, you have entered the Magic Lunar Love Sphere! Do you feel as if you’re travelling at the speed of light to unknown galaxies when you gaze into his eyes? It’s that Moon Beam again!

Mad love

A love affair that happens under the auspice of The Moon can be scary. You may feel completely out of control. One or both of you may feel as if you’re losing your sense of self. Just being aware of this helps. Once you realise what has happened, you can remind yourself of your boundaries. When The Moon is the main player, it is extra important to keep doing the things you did before you met, as well as keep in touch with your old friends. Stay grounded and keep it real!

The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.

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      Hi Jo, It depends on which system of correspondences you use. There are no absolute truths when it comes to correspondences so if Moon-Cancer works for you, then go with that. I have The Chariot for Cancer (Golden Dawn)

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