Number: 18.
Astrological correspondence: Pisces.
Keywords: Hidden knowledge within you, doubt, melancholia, moving forward.
The Moon beyond tarot: Romulus and Remus. 

It is night time. A large, full moon dominates the skies, with a woman’s face appearing in it. She looks sullen, her eyes are closed. But there’s motion as well in the picture, with two restless wolves howling, and a lobster coming out of the water. In other decks, this card shows a woman, walking by a stream, with her eyes closed and a veil covering her face. 

The eighteenth card of the Major Arcana is wedged between the Star and the Sun. It is the night before the dawn of a new day, filled with victory. 

Traditionally, the Moon is associated to doubt, melancholia, or even depression. At the same time, the lobster coming from underneath the water can symbolize a pregnancy that is often unknown of yet. We can notice the idea that there’s a lack of knowledge or not enough information for you to use.

The Moon can appear to you when you’re feeling down because you are uncertain. You don’t know if you’re on the right path, you don’t feel like you’re moving forward. But the Moon reminds you that you are (this can be represented either by the lit-up path, or by a veiled female figure who is moving, despite having her eyes closed). You are always moving forward, if only because time and space are in continuous motion. And the knowledge of whatever you need to reach your goals is within you, so draw it out by meditating, asking your spirit guides for signs, and reading tarot cards. The theme of pregnancy here can be literal, if having a child is on your mind, but also symbolic; for instance, if you want to start a business, it is all already within you, waiting to come out and become real.

So when you see the Moon appear into a spread, remember that you’re on the right path despite the doubts that make you fear you aren’t. Have faith and whatever you do, keep moving forward, because happiness, accomplishment and fulfillment are all very near.