The Story Behind Your Moon

The moon represents your innermost emotional needs and rules the most instinctive parts of you.  It is changeable and has more needs at certain times than others.  It is constantly ebbing, flowing and changing. The moon is everything feminine, passive and conservative.  It symbolizes our protective instincts, moods and enthusiasm.  The moon indicates introversion, our intuition and receptivity.  It shows our dependency, adaptability, reflection, reaction.  It is where we are creative with art, poetry, writing and dreams.

The Moon rules water, the tides and ocean.  Think about this ebb and flow like the ocean’s tides coming in and receding.  Included is fertility, menstruation and conception.  It symbolizes the mother, the soul, the unconscious and our psyche.  In horoscopes of a man, the moon indicates the mother or mother figure.  The nature of the Moon is to be reflective and reproductive.  It imitates the forms created by the Sun.

The Moon moves quickly completing its orbit around the Earth in less than a month.  Therefore, its influence in the chart is very important and always changing.  It represents your support system, your home, roots, foundation, emotions, instincts, moods, feelings, habits, our past, past lives and memories.  The Moon represents the female principle, the mother, wife, grandmother and other female influences.  It represents nurturing, fertility, pregnancy and receptivity.  The placement of the Moon in your chart indicates where you are subject to emotional fluctuations and reflect energy outward.

The Moon rules the sign of Cancer and the 4th house.

Moon Positive characteristics include: imagination, memory, sensitivity, intuition, dreams, empathy and our adaptability.

Negative qualities include; inconsistent, dreamy, absent, hypersensitivity, over cautious.

Professions which relate to the Moon include nurturing/caring/water/liquid:  wine, beer, liquor, mineral water, milk, laundry, sailors, imagination…poets, writers, painters.  All caretaking: nurse, kindergarten or preschool teacher, midwife, and professions that do not produce (Sun) but focus on support, repair and maintenance.

The Moon is the natural satellite of our Earth.  It takes the Moon one month to make one revolution around. It does not have its own lights source and is illuminated by the Sun. The Moon represents our unconscious instinctive responses, our habits, emotions, behavioral patterns and moods.  It tells our desires in life of “what and how” we deeply feel.  The position of the moon in your chart by sign and house will indicate your type of emotional responses.

Key words for the Moon include:  Instinct, home, emotions, security, fertility and moodiness.

The Moon is reflective.  It reflects the subconscious, emotional and fluctuating side of our personality.  It is considered a personal planet that reflects our basic psychological functions within our personality.  It is personal in that it mostly deals with internal or private matters.  It is self-experiencing and accepting of its qualities.  It is considered the holding center of the personality, emotional impressions that have settled deeply in the personality.  It is reflecting the darker, unconscious side of the personality, qualities that can sometimes be renounced by the conscious, optimistic side.  Its basic expression is “automatic”.  The Moon shows us our emotional drives which are difficult to explain.  It is the emphatic side of the personality, the maternal and protective instincts.  It reflects the most fundamental needs of our personality.  It is reflective of a person’s needs and desires.

The location of the Moon in the houses “reflects” what is our “Home Base”.  Where we come from.  It is where the personality begins to form and has emotional significance for the person/child. It represents our house of home, where we go to refuel, rest and recharge our emotional side when needed.  When we are balanced, we can leave this space and focus on the house of the Sun. It is reflective of areas where we feel emotionally compelled to dive deep.  It shows where we go and flavors all that we do. Now let’s go through each sign:

Aries Moon

The first sign of the zodiac, Aries, and is known for their impulsive, headfirst and fiery disposition. People born with an Aries moon are often identified by their signature hot-headedness or me first attitude. Aries moons know what they want (or, at the very least, their desires can feel like needs). People with Aries moon placements are emotionally satisfied by excitement, crave spontaneity, and victory, in whatever form that means to them. Having an Aries moon may feel like having an adorable yet temperamental child living inside of you who always has to go first, be first and get what they want. Their challenge is to merge this strength with the maturity of their other, often Earth sign placements.

Taurus Moon

Taurus is one of the most sensual, grounded and earthy signs of the zodiac. Those born with a Taurus moon are satiated by cozy environments, delicious meals, and expressions of luxury. They crave comforts. The Taurus moon is a creature of habit and will always prefer stability over change. People with A Taurus moon can provide grounding, especially in contrast to an emotional water sign sun.

Gemini Moon

People born with a moon in Gemini are known for mercuriality, meaning they have many qualities of eloquence, and ingenuity. Those born with a Gemini moon ground themselves with facts and information, so communication is paramount for those born under a Gemini moon. It is critical that Gemini moons have a variety of outlets for expression. They should celebrate their networking ability and socialize in a variety of different communities. People with Gemini energy require a lot of attention and upkeep, so those with Gemini moons feel the need to have others fussing over them.

Cancer Moon

The moon is governed by the sign of Cancer so as a moon sign, Cancer is in its planetary domicile. Therefore, those born under this lunation are extremely impacted by their surroundings and can instantly read the energy of a room. As the moon is constantly changing, their emotions are always changing. It’s important for those with a Cancer moon to always feel that they are safe and supported. People with their moon in Cancer will feel the need to keep their inner circle small.  They feel so much from others that they need to keep a trusted circle of family and friends around them who understand this about them.

Leo Moon

The sign of Leo is ruled by the sun where it can shine, but in a moon placement, this fire sign needs to work twice as hard to make sure it’s visible. The Leo moon is a creative spirit, fueled by warmth, generosity, and can be very spontaneous. The Leo moon hates to feel eclipsed or dulled, so those born under this lunation should find avenues on which they can share their innate gifts. If a Leo moon is neglected, those may act out like children until they receive the attention that they so crave. Those born with Leo moons put their whole heart into relationships and are extremely proud and loyal.

Virgo Moon

The sign of Virgo is the most analytical of the zodiac. Therefore, those with a Virgo moon placement are satisfied by logic, organization, and structure. People with Virgo moons excel at creating detailed and comprehensive systems for themselves and for others. They love to be helpful and are always fulfilled when contributing to society in practical ways. Those with a Virgo moon placement require a lot of comforting, as their mind never stops worrying. Those with Virgo moons should implement a mindfulness yoga, meditation, and sharing their thoughts with a counselor or therapist to keep any and all anxious thoughts at bay.

Libra Moon

The astrological sign of Libra is symbolized by the scales, literally a visual representation of balance, harmony, and union. Those born under this lunation are natural mediators.  Those born with Libra moons are happiest when keeping the peace. They thrive in partnership, so it is common to find Libra moons moving effortlessly between relationships. They have an intrinsic need to get connected with those around them and bond with others instantly.

Scorpio Moon

Scorpio is the deepest of the water signs, known for its extreme and emotional intensity. Those with Scorpio moons crave deep connections and transformative experiences. People with a Scorpio moon also take privacy very seriously. Those with this placement need to honor this by creating and maintaining healthy boundaries. Because people with their Moon in Scorpio are prone to intense feelings and emotions, it’s important for Scorpio moons to prioritize their mental health. They often give others the impression of being perceptive, powerful and transformational.  When they do connect with others, they’re loyal for life.

Sagittarius Moon

Sagittarius is the last fire sign, represented by the archer and expansive energy. Sagittarius is known for brazen curiosity, and Sagittarius moons are fulfilled by philosophy, travel, and intellectual expansion. Those born under this placement are always on a quest to know, learn and discover.  It is important for them to have the freedom to explore and embrace the unknown. Those with Sagittarius moons must be careful of talking over people, dominating conversations, and acting smarter than everyone else around them. They possess a basic trust in life and will often take risks based on instinct.

Capricorn Moon

Hardworking, slow, methodical and industrious. Capricorn is renowned for steadfast dedication. Within a moon placement, Capricorn is fulfilled through their successes and achievements. Those born under this lunation take their responsibilities very seriously, connecting their emotions to their accomplishments. Those with a Capricorn moon feel the need to always be working toward a goal and be productive.  Those with a Capricorn moon usually appear to be calm and composed.  They are efficient and set practical and realistic goals for themselves and work hard to achieve them. People with a Capricorn moon will benefit from opening up and sharing their emotions, as they tend to hide their feelings behind mountains or walls.

Aquarius Moon

Aquarius is the most humanitarian sign of the zodiac, needing to be of service or help others.  Those born under this moon often experience their emotions as part of the collective experience. They are built to watch, question and disrupt. The Aquarian moon wants to do the right thing, even if that means putting the greater good above their own needs. Despite their potential humanitarian interests, people with an Aquarius moon can also be distant, and feel like an outsider. They are naturally shy and acutely different, and this lonely position gives them the vantage point of observation.

Pisces Moon

The final sign of the zodiac is associated with great empathy, intuition and innate psychic powers. Those with this placement of a sensitive Pisces moon are constantly absorbing energy…yours, mine and others. They feel deeply, and without an anchor, they can easily be engulfed in a sea of feelings and emotions. Those with this placement should honor their moon sign by celebrating their otherworldly creativity and benevolent generosity. People with Pisces moons are also deeply spiritual and philosophical and love sharing their knowledge with others. Pisces moons tend to be described as old souls.

Remember, an intimate connection with your moon sign can yield rich emotional rewards and a deeper understanding of what makes you who you are in actions, feelings and emotion. In addition to reading your sun sign’s horoscope, you may find it helpful to read the one for your moon sign for a fuller picture of what the planets have in store for you. Your moon sign could point you toward what you need.

Interested in the different houses of astrology? Check out our post about the 2nd house of astrology here. You can also check out some of our videos here.



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