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The Moon, constant and faithful changes, is number eighteen of the Major Arcana.

What I See:

I see the phases of the moon, except for the dark new moon. There’s the ocean with islands in background hinting at the Otherworld. Water is the emotional element in the tarot world and this image is full of emotional possibilities. I think about how the tides are effected by the moon. And even how the moon effects a woman. The whirlpool behind the woman gives me a sense of emotions out of control, maybe it’s time for a reality check. The owl makes me think of wisdom and guidance. The wolf makes me think of being one of a family group, of soul-mates, of keeping the fun in life. According to the book, the salmon can mean second sight which brings to mind dreams.

Light (upright) Reading:

Awakening abilities and learning to trust one’s intuition.

  • Keywords: Imagination, Dreams, Fantasy, and Mystery.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware, a difficult emotional journey could be at hand.

  • Keywords: Illusion, Escapism, Betrayal, and Danger.


I’m unfamiliar with a numerical significance to eighteen, however, you could look at the eight phases of the moon. Or a span of twenty-eight. It’s hard to think of the moon, or the number twenty-eight, without thinking about a woman’s menstrual cycle.

How about the tides? We see the ocean, perhaps a hidden lesson or the uncovering of a secret. Perhaps the Otherworld? Getting caught in a whirlpool? Or a vortex to another world?

Perhaps the night sky will point you toward a vampire tale. Maybe the owl, which can be a symbol of death, hints at a ghost story. Or the wolf toward a shifter tale. Wolves mate for life, perhaps a love story?

  • Themes: Romance, Intuition, Femininity, Dreams, Psychic Awakening, Imagination, Light and Shadow, or Deception.


Times of darkness are followed by times of renewal.

  • Archetype: Anima (the unconscious female element of the male) — Vogler refers to this as the Shapeshifter, Sub-lunar world, Instincts, or Dark Night of the Soul.

The Shapeshifter archetype is also a catalyst for change, a symbol of the psychological urge to transform. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

  • Mythical Figures: Artemis, Selene, Hecate, Medusa, Circe, and Poseidon.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

The Moon is E9: Mediator, Peacemaker, and/or Preservationist

  • Self Image — I am content
  • Passion — Indolence, Laziness, or Accidia
  • Virtue — Diligence
  • Narcissistic Trap — Self-abasement
  • Avoids — Conflict
  • Speaking Style — Monotonous or Rambling

E9 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

When you see the Moon card in your work, you might want to cast an eye toward the night sky, and begin or wrap up a writing project accordingly. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide