The Man in the Moon looks very contemplative in this image. Here we see him as a waxing crescent, the phase between the New Moon and the First Quarter, a time for “building, accomplishments, creativity, strength, growth and learning, and positive transformation.” We associate the Moon with the tides and night. And the Moon card has some strong interactions with the suit of Cups (the water element), especially with the emotionally-packed 5 and 7.
The Moon has no light of its own. It reflects the light of the Sun. Because of that, this card can represent displaced meaning from one thing to another. That can be a symbolic or allegorical meaning, or self-protective lies and hidden truths. This is the process of living life on an astral plane, while viewing it from the physical. Something always seems to get lost in translation with this card. You might experience simple misunderstandings, or outright delusions. Too often it’s hard to tell which of these is in play.
If you draw this card, everything will seem like it’s part of your peripheral vision. If you’re comfortable with this, you might have some experiences in the astral realm. You could have vivid dreams, and will likely feel a surge in creativity. If you’re in therapy, this is a time to reveal hidden truths. But, remember, this is not a time for the quantitative. To benefit, you have to see the everyday as a metaphor for something else. If you are uncomfortable with things you can’t touch, this might be a little frightening for you. Don’t immediately think you are losing your mind. Let yourself dream these dreams. They have important work to do, whether you’re on board with the process or not.
The Moon tends to obscure the surrounding cards, and its interpretation depends largely on the question asked, and the other cards in the reading.
Magician: The Moon and the Magician (Magus or Cobbler in other decks) in combination, represent a con man. Keep an eye out for trickery or deception.
High Priestess: The Moon and the High Priestess in combination, indicate the need to focus on intuitive and internal work or experiences.
Hierophant: The Moon and the Hierophant in combination, suggest there may be a misuse of power, deception, or spiritual manipulation present in the situation.
Lovers: If the Moon comes before the Lovers, it suggests the end of a love affair through deception or lies, or an illusion of love which ends abruptly.
Chariot: If the Moon comes before the Chariot, there will be a scandal or sickness. If the Moon comes after the Chariot, a secret will come to light.
Justice: The Moon and Justice in combination, are strongly malign and indicate deceit, injustice, and secrets or withheld information that might have some bearing on the situation.
Death: If the Moon comes before the Death card, it denotes loss as a result of slander.
Devil: The Moon and the Devil in combination, are strongly malign and indicate the need to focus on physical work or experiences. Also watch for secrets or withheld information that might have some bearing on the situation.
Tower: The Moon and the Tower in combination, are strongly malign and indicate deceit, injustice, and secrets or withheld information that might have some bearing on the situation.
7 of Rods: The Moon and the 7 of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs in other decks) in combination, indicate the need to focus on physical work or experiences. Also watch for secrets or withheld information that might have some bearing on the situation.
7 of Cups: The Moon and the 7 of Cups (Hearts in other decks) in combination, represent confusion or living in a fantasy world.
5 of Cups: The Moon and the 5 of Cups (Hearts in other decks) in combination, are an indication to watch for extreme or unhealthy lengths of depression, especially as related to mourning a loss.
3 of Swords: The Moon and the 3 of Swords (Spades in other decks) in combination, indicate the need to focus on physical work or experiences. Also watch for secrets or withheld information that might have some bearing on the situation.
The Major Arcana
The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.
The Number — 18, which resolves to 9
Nine represents completion, solitude, and protection.