The Moon
Moon symbol crescent
Essence: The Soul
Polarity: Benign
Nature: Yin
Time Period: Nocturnal
Temperature: Cold
Humidity: Wet
Day: Monday
Rules: Cancer
Fall: Capricorn
Exaltation: Taurus
Detriment: Scorpio
House(s): Fourth House
House(s) Ruled: Seventh House, joy in Third House
Tarot Card: The High Priestess
Orbital Period: 27.5 Days
Zodiacal Period: One Month
Sign Transit Period: 2.33 Days
Medical Correspondence: digestive system, stomach, breasts, the ovaries and menstruation, and the pancreas
Colors: Blue,Silver
Numbers: 2
Represents: Emotions and Feelings, unconscious and unstable habits, Past and memories
Qualities: the ability to react and adapt to those around one
Principles: associated with the Protective Parent, maternal instincts or the urge to nurture, secure and Protect, the home, the need for security, and the reliving of past, especially early experiences and childhood.
Expression: the home
Gods: Artemis,Diana
Mineral: Silver

The Moon represents the body and the past (past lives or wisdom gained from family heritage and upbringing). The Moon is the state you attain when you act purely on instinct and feeling. It connects us to others through reflection, we can see ourselves in other people and empathize with them. It also connects us to tradition, memories, family heritage, and to the realm of the paranormal, such as the "akashic records". All of the wisdom gained from past experience resides in the archtypal Moon. It is concerned with feelings, responsibilities and present needs, and is associated with Law and Karma. Even though it is connected with premonitions, it is not particularly forward-looking even if in a progressive sign such as Aquarius. The purpose of the Moon is to reflect, and in the birth chart it indicates how we can see ourselves in others or in our own inner dialog. The Sun shines out the message of who we want to be, but the Moon reflects back who we are.

According to Manilius, the Moon is melancholic, and presides over the right arm. The Moon is the ruling planet of Cancer. In astrology, the Moon is thought to be associated with a person's emotional make-up, unconscious habits, rhythms, memories, and moods. It is also associated with emotions in general, the mother, maternal instincts or the urge to nurture, the home, and the past. In Chinese astrology, it represents Yin.

Phases Edit

The phase of the Moon at birth will give clues as to where we are in our soul development. People born with Sun conjunct Moon know who they are whether or not they are conscious of that early in life, and there is not much inner work to do on that level. The rest of us are in a transitional state where we are changing the nature of our essential selves due to something we have learned in a past life (or childhood, which is a mirror image of our karmic issues). However, we are not quite ready to become a new individual yet. It is analagous to a video game, in which the player needs to go through obstacles and obtain points before they can go on to the next level.

Phases & Sun/Moon Aspects Edit

General rulerships Edit

  • Alcoholics, or those who are prone to excessive drinking. (Notice that this rulership of the Moon derives from classical astrology. In contemporary astrology symbols related to alcohol and addictions are shared between the Moon and Neptune)
  • Brewers
  • Childbirth
  • Childhood
  • Children
  • Compassion
  • Dairy products
  • Dreams
  • Emotions and emotivity
  • Empathy
  • Escape from reality
  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • Feelings
  • Fishermen
  • Home
  • Home country
  • Intuition
  • In male nativities, the Moon indicates the native's wife.
  • Love. In a male nativity the Moon indicates love, while Venus is more related to casual affairs. For instance in a male nativity transits to the Moon may result in the native falling in love, while transits to Venus may indicate affairs and relationships based mainly on physical attraction.
  • The masses, the public
  • Memory and memories
  • Milk
  • Mother
  • Motherhood
  • Nurses
  • Sailors
  • Sensitivity
  • Sleep and its quality
  • Women

Animals: frogs, dogs, crabs, lobsters, eels, owls, geese and ducks, tortoises, oysters, mussels.

Colors: white, or a very light green.

Countries: Bithynia, Carthage, Colchis, Numidia, Phrygia.

Nature: the Moon is a feminine and nocturnal planet, of a cold and moist nature.

Places: fountains, towns and cities by the sea, rivers, the sea, ponds, humid places in general.

Plants and herbs: cabbage, water-melon, onion, poppy, pumpkins, mushrooms and in general all plants and herbs which are round and with large leaves.

In a natal chart, the Moon rules perceptions of the outside world as mediated through one’s intuition, feelings and emotions. It symbolises the refusal to conceive of reality as something within the boundaries of a systematic and organized frameworks. Mental processes indicated by the Moon aim at achieving an holistic vision of reality.

The Moon also indicates if and in what way the native will have mutable, instinctual reactions to different situations he may encounter. It rules the native’s intelligence, understood as the ability to understand and deal with new situation based on pure intuition, on a capacity of seeing what lies beyond appearances.

That of mental health – conceived as a balanced reaction to one’s emotions, is another of the Moon’s symbols. In some cases an exceptionally detrimented Moon can indicate mental instability, neuroses and other mental disturbances.

In female charts, the Moon rules one’s femininity. Its sign placement and aspects will indicate the more or less conventional approach of the native to her femininity and motherhood.

In male nativities, the Moon can be analysed to obtain information about the native’s views of women, the kind of women he will find attractive, his relationships to his mother, his wife and women in general. It will also indicate how the native will approach his feminine side, and if this side of him will be well balanced with the more active, masculine sides of his personality.

If dignified and well aspected the Moon can indicate the following qualities: childlikeness, inexperience, trustfulness, naivete, creativity, unpredictability, intuitive perceptions. Afflictions of the Moon can conversely result in masochism, insecurity, conservatism, fear, laziness, restlessness, anguish, self-loathing.

Physical appearance, organs and parts of the body Edit

  • Body fluids
  • Body hair
  • The breasts and mammary glands
  • Breast milk (in female nativities)
  • Digestion
  • The menstrual cycle and the menstrual flow (in female nativities)
  • The ovaries
  • The skin
  • The uterus

Those who are strongly influenced by the Moon may have round features, be plump or have a tendency to easily gain weight – or retain liquids. In general their features and bodies look round and soft, even though the native may not necessarily be overweight. The Moon gives a pale complexion, and a very white, delicate skin. The native has small hands, with short, thick and soft fingers. Sometimes one of the eyes is slightly larger than the other.

Diseases Edit

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Insomnia
  • Low blood pressure

Synastric symbolism Edit

In a synastry chart the Moon's aspects and placement can give indication on the following aspects of a relationship:

Indications drawn by the Moon's analysis need to be confirmed by the analysis of other planets.

Moon in the Signs Edit

Moon in the Houses Edit

References Edit

  • Wikipedia - retrieved 6/3/2005 under the GNU Free Documentation License
  • Lilly, William. Christian Astrology, Volume One. London: John Macock, 1659.
  • Morpurgo, Lisa. Introduzione all'astrologia (An introduction to astrology). Milano: TEA, 2002.
  • Morpurgo, Lisa. La natura dei pianeti (The nature of planets). Milano: TEA, 2000.
  • Sementovsky-Kurilo, Nikolai. Astrologia, trattato teorico-pratico (Astrology, complete guide to theory and practice). Milano: Hoepli, 1955.

From the AstrologyNotes article "Moon", retrieved on October 1, 2007, 4:52 GMT by RadiusRS. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.