The moon cycle lasts 29.5 days and affects every thing and every being on Earth. The moon’s domination of the Earth’s tides means that you, being 70% water, are also affected by those cycles. Therefore it follows that your energy and emotions are influenced by the movement of the moon. Working with the moon phases means you can maximize your ‘ups’ and minimize your ‘downs’. Combine tarot with the magical moon cycles to enhance your readings and bring clarity by using moon tarot spreads.
Tides are caused by the moon, Sun and Earth’s movement in relationship to each other – the moon’s visual appearance is a marker, not the cause. However, humans have long since viewed the moon’s beauty as magical as it reflects the light of the Sun during its (almost) monthly journey. And, indeed, our view of the moon tells us precisely where it is in its travels. For example when we see a Full moon, there is a higher than usual tide because the Sun, the Earth and moon are lined up in a particular way. The same with a dark or new moon. At half moon, tides are lower.
Moon Tarot Spreads
We’ve put together the following three-card moon tarot spreads for you to use during specific moon phases. Use them as a basis, if you like, adding more cards and questions as you feel necessary. Follow the moon cycle of seeding, increase, fulfillment, decrease and withdrawal as shown in our spreads below.
The Moon Tarot Card
The tarot moon card represents intuition and psychic vision. Depending how it shows up in a reading, it can mean that the seeker is not seeing things as clearly as they would during daylight. Imagine that a veil is obscuring your normal vision, which at the same time allows you to view the situation through your third eye. If you strain to see, the less you will see. Relax into a feeling intuitive mode and all is revealed.
Remove the moon card from the deck and place it down, face-up, before shuffling and drawing three cards for the reading. Lay your three cards below the moon card so it appears to be hovering above. As you interpret each card, try to see it through the lens and intuitive perspective of the moon card.
New Moon Tarot Spread
The time of the new moon, just as we see that iconic and beautiful sliver of light wink into sight, is the best time to work on sprouting new ideas, forming the beginning of plans, setting intentions and asking for clarity and insight into the new lunar month to come. This is the beginning of the new lunar cycle and an opportunity to put the past behind you and begin living in the present.
- The seed (idea) I should plant?
- What do I need to learn this lunar month?
- What do I want to achieve?
Waxing Moon Spread
The waxing (growing) moon is a great time to working on development and details. It’s also a good time to ask about increase in anything, whether it be material or otherwise. This is the time of action and movement; energy is high, people are enthusiastic and engaged.
- What’s increasing for me?
- What should I be growing (expanding upon)?
- Where should I focus my time and energy?
Full Moon Tarot Reading
A Full Moon reading is the perfect time to have the light shone onto any subject that requires clarity and full vision. It’s the time to be uplifted, to express joy and love. If you like, you can incorporate your reading into a full moon ritual, ceremony or spell. A full moon reading can be done over the three days that the moon appears at its fullest.
- What am I thankful for?
- How am I blessed?
- How can I fulfill my potential?
Waning Tarot Spread
The waning moon is a period when we let things go, practice surrender and acceptance. In a material sense, it’s a beneficial time to declutter and to lose weight. Meditation and chakra cleaning are highly recommended during the waning moon period.
- What should I let go?
- What Do I need to surrender?
- Who or what do I need to forgive?
Dark Moon Tarot Reading
When the moon no longer reflects the light of the Sun, it is in its dark phase. This is a good time to carry out tarot readings to revise and review the month that has passed. It’s also beneficial to explore what some might consider to be negative feelings – our shadow side. The Dark moon morphs into the New moon so make sure you are aware of the cycle at this time. It’s best to carry out a dark moon reading just as the last view of the waning crescent is disappearing, and a new moon reading just as the new crescent shimmers into view.
- What do I need to reflect on?
- Where are my obstacles?
- What shadow aspect should I bring into the light?
Ideal Lunar Reading Decks
You can use any tarot deck for a moon reading, yet there are some that lend themselves perfectly to a moon cycle tarot reading. We recommend:
- Shadowscapes Tarot (used here for illustration)
- Fountain Tarot
- Sun and moon Tarot
- Deviant moon Tarot
- The Luminous Spirit
Keeping Track of the Lunar Phases
It’s a good idea to keep track of the moon phases by using a simple program on your desktop or an app on your phone or mobile device. You can use it to plan your lunar cycle tarot readings, whether you want to do a reading for each phase or just one.