XVIII. The Moon


Key words

Upright: reflection, changes, anxiety, illusion, intuition

Reversed: uncertainty, confusion, fear, misinterpretation, repression


A waxing moon with a contemplative face is embedded in the sun. A dog and a wolf howl at the sky, representing a conflict between the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind. A crayfish emerges from a pool of water, its tough shell indicating a soft interior in need of protection. A golden path winds between the dog and wolf, inside a set of pillars, and up a set of mountains in the distance. The sky is blue, as is the mountain range, and the foreground is covered in green grass. 


18 = 1 + 8 = 9: Fruition, fulfillment, attainment, growth

The Moon Upright

Parts of yourself that you have tried to repress are emerging. You may be projecting fear from past trauma onto a present or future situation, causing undue anxiety. Admittedly, fear can be a good thing; it helps us stay away from danger. Take time to consider where yours is coming from. Is it self-preservation or avoidance of change and growth? You can acknowledge and even honor your fear without letting it overtake you and decide your next move. Trust that your intuition will lead you down the right path. 

The Moon Reversed

This is an emotional, perhaps even volatile, time for you. Your fears and traumas may be causing misunderstandings in your relationships. If you’re not ready to confront your fear, that’s okay— but don’t let it drive your decision-making. Every so often you may catch yourself in an undesirable pattern: ignoring your intuition, feeling restless with no outlet, or lashing out at others. There is likely a part of yourself that needs acknowledgement and nurturing. Tending to those “undesirable” parts of yourself will ensure you don’t remain stuck in your current state. Just as the moon cycles through its phases, “this too shall pass.”