|Posted on December 8, 2015 at 12:10 AM|
The Moon is represented in a natal chart by a glyph we are all familiar with:
the crescent moon.
Although in astrology the Moon can be referred to as a ‘planet’, it is also acknowledged by astrologers as one of the two “Lights”, the other being the Sun. This is another reason why both the Sun sign and the Moon sign are weighted so heavily when looking at a birth chart.
The Zodiac sign which holds the moon at your time of birth influences how you express your emotions, how you nurture yourself or how you look to be nurtured. It also has to do with family, roots, home, and mother. Again, approach any interpretation of your moon sign with an open mind to the powerful symbols the moon represents.
For example: someone with an Aries Moon will be pretty fiery in both their way of processing emotion as well as their way of nurturing themselves. Example, they may express emotions quickly and easily, or loud and explosively, but they keep moving and don’t hold grudges. Also, an Aries moon may require activity to process their emotions, like working out, a punching bag, or for some of the more Earthy, grounded Sun signs with an Aries moon, yoga may be more appropriate.
Cycles of emotions are necessary for healthy everyday functioning. The moon cycles through the entire zodiac once every 28 days. This means it returns to the spot where it was when you were born once a month. It hits every planet in your natal chart once a month. Any emotional baggage generated by any planets that are feeling the impact of your developing personality and growth are picked up by the moon through the month.
Quite often a generic interpretation of the Moon sign will say specific things about what your mother is like. This is misleading. Although the moon is representative of mother, it is not usually that specific. And logically speaking it’s ridiculous to assign personality of your mother to where the moon is in YOUR chart. Rather, it may be that you looked for ‘mothering’ in a certain way. In fact, it may be that your mother’s personality did not match where your moon sign is at all. Sometimes this creates conflict, sometimes it shows up in other ways that has nothing to do with the woman who gave birth to you!
For today’s practical activity, look up your Moon sign. There are plenty of sites that will give interpretations on what the moon in each sign can do. After you have pinpointed your Moon sign, try to observe how you express emotions and what kind of things you do to help you FEEL better. If what you do to process emotions seems like it could use some help, try looking at your Moon sign for ideas. This is one way to consciously use the astrological information for your own benefit.